Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism

The Seduction of Fiction

A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation

Authors: Vernay, Jean-François

  • Combines traditional European philosophies with avante-garde perspectives to discuss key questions around the act of readingReinforces the burgeoning field of affect and the utility of this approach within literary studiesPrimed for a wide readership across academia, including scholars and students in literature, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. 

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About this book

By meshing psychology with literary analysis, this book inspires us to view the reading of fictional works as an emotional and seductive affair between reader and writer. Arguing that current teaching practices have contributed to the current decline in the study of literature, Jean-François Vernay’s plea brings a refreshing perspective by seeking new directions and conceptual tools to highlight the value of literature. Interdisciplinary in focus and relevant to timely discussions of the vitality between emotion and literary studies, particularly within the contexts of psychology, affect studies, and cognitive studies, this book will open up a space in which the formation of our emotions can be openly examined and discussed.



About the authors

Jean-François Vernay has published extensively in the field of Literary Studies both in French and in English. His books, Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch and A Brief Take on the Australian Novel, focus on Australian fiction.

Carolyne Lee is a Senior Fellow in the School of Culture & Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has published four books, the latest being Our Very Own Adventure.





Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Multiple Possibilities of Reading

    Vernay, Jean-François

    Pages 1-9

  • Interpretation as an Art

    Vernay, Jean-François

    Pages 11-16

  • Context Matters

    Vernay, Jean-François

    Pages 17-22

  • The Writer’s Seductive Power

    Vernay, Jean-François

    Pages 23-28

  • The Symbiosis of Psychoanalysis and Fiction

    Vernay, Jean-François

    Pages 29-37

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39453-4
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39452-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Seduction of Fiction
Book Subtitle
A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation
Authors
Translated by
Lee, C.
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39453-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39453-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39452-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 96
Topics