Narrative Gravity

Narrative Gravity

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In this elegantly written and theoretically sophisticated work, Rukmini Bhaya Nair asks why human beings across the world are such compulsive and inventive storytellers. Extending current research in cognitive science and narratology, she argues that we seem to have a genetic drive to fabricate as a way of gaining the competitive advantages such fictions give us. She suggests that stories are a means of fusing causal and logical explanations of 'real' events with emotional recognition, so that the lessons taught to us as children, and then throughout our lives via stories, lay the cornerstones of our most crucial beliefs. Nair's conclusion is that our stories really do make us up, just as much as we make up our stories.In order to answer this question psycholinguists have, predictably, attempted to show that the structure generated by a story-grammar is ... First, it fills in missing a#39; slotsa#39; in the story-structure; second, it connects elementary events in the structure with other events in ... 36Warren, W.H., Nicholas, D.W. and Trabasso, T. (1978).

Title:Narrative Gravity
Author: Professor of Linguistics and English Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Rukmini Bhaya Nair
Publisher:Routledge - 2004-06-01

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