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Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences cover

Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences

edited by David Herman

Research on human intelligence has postulated that studying the structure and use of stories can provide important insights into the roots of self and the nature of thinking. In that spirit, this volume focuses on narrative as a crossroads where cognitive and social psychology, linguistics, literary theory, and the recent hybrid called “cognitive narratology” intersect, suggesting new directions for the cognitive sciences. The ideas contained here demonstrate the importance of narrative as a cognitive style, a genre of discourse, and a resource for literary writing and other forms of communication.

David Herman is a professor in the Department of English at North Carolina State University.

Cover artwork, Josef Albers, Impossibles (1931).
© 2003 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society, New York.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1 Introduction
    David Herman
  • I Approaches to Narrative and Cognition

  • 2 Cognitive Psychological Foundations of Narrative Experiences
    Richard J. Gerrig and Giovanna Egidi
  • 3 Narrative Construction, Cognitive Processing, and Health
    Kitty Klein
  • 4 Semantics and Narrative in Therapeutic Discourse
    William Frawley, John T. Murray, and Raoul N. Smith
  • II Narrative as Cognitive Endowment

  • 5 Double-scope Stories
    Mark Turner
  • 6 Unnarratable Knowledge: The Difficulty of Understanding Evolution by Natural Selection
    H. Porter Abbott
  • 7 Stories as a Tool for Thinking
    David Herman
  • III New Directions for Cognitive Narratology

  • 8 ‘Awake! Open your eyes!’ The Cognitive Logic of External and Internal Stories
    Manfred Jahn
  • 9 Cognitive Maps and the Construction of Narrative Space
    Marie-Laure Ryan
  • 10 Natural Narratology and Cognitive Parameters
    Monika Fludernik
  • IV Fictional Minds

  • 11 Cognitive Science, the Thinking Mind, and Literary Narative
    Uri Margolin
  • 12 Constructing Social Space: Sociocognitve Factors in the Interpretation of Character Relations
    Catherine Emmott
  • 13 The Mind Beyond the Skin
    Alan Palmer
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575864681 (9781575864686)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575864673 (9781575864679)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575866900 (9781575866901)

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