This posting was on the PsyArt list, but
since it has to do with literature, with language games, and with brains, it
might fit into our conversations about ontologies, language games and branes.
The proceeds are donated, and I don’t get
a dime from it, so I hope the “where-to-get-it” that the poster pasted into the
post’s posterior isn’t perceived as problematic by persons perusing this post.
Rich AT EnglishLogicKernel DOT com
From: Norman Holland
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010
To: PsyArt Foundation
Subject: Literature and the Brain
Please feel free to send
this notice on to people and lists you think might be interested--
goes straight to the basic human questions about literature when it
explains how our brains convert the imaginary events of stories, poems,
plays, and films into real pleasure. Our brains can do this, because we
know in our frontal lobes that we cannot act to change our posteriorly
processed perceptions of the literary work. This is only one of the special
ways our brains react as we go from the creation of literature to being
transported, to “poetic faith,” to enjoyment, to meaning, and finally to
evaluation. Each of these parts of the literary process draws on brain
processes in an unusual way. Literature
and the Brain describes and explains these brain changes,
giving us a new understanding of what we do when we do literature and why
we do it.
All profits from this book will go to support the PsyArt Foundation and the psychological
study of the arts.