The Psychology and Sociology of Literature

In honor of Elrud Ibsch

ISBN 9789027222244 (Eur) | EUR 140.00
ISBN 9781588110244 (USA) | USD 210.00
ISBN 9789027297181 | EUR 140.00 | USD 210.00
The Psychology and Sociology of Literature is a collection of 25 chapters on literature by some of the leading psychologists, sociologists, and literary scholars in the field of the empirical study of literature. Contributors include Ziva Ben-Porat, Gerry Cupchik, Art Graesser, Rachel Giora, Norbert Groeben, Colin Martindale, David Miall, Willie van Peer, Kees van Rees, Siegfried Schmidt, Hugo Verdaasdonk, and Rolf Zwaan. Topics include literature and the reading process; the role of poetic language, metaphor, and irony; cathartic and Freudian effects; literature and creativity; the career of the literary author; literature and culture; literature and multicultural society, literature and the mass media; literature and the internet; and literature and history. An introduction by the editors situates the empirical study of literature within an academic context.
The chapters are all invited and refereed contributions, collected to honor the scholarship and retirement of professor Elrud Ibsch, of the Free University of Amsterdam. Together they represent the state of the art in the empirical study of literature, a movement in literary studies which aims to produce reliable and valid scientific knowledge about literature as a means of verbal communication in its cultural context. Elrud Ibsch was one of the pioneers in Europe to promote this approach to literature some 25 years ago, and this volume takes stock of what has happened since.
The Psychology and Sociology of Literature presents an invaluable overview of the results, promises, gaps, and needs of the empirical study of literature. It addresses social scientists as well as scholars in the humanities who are interested in literature as discourse.
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Table of Contents
The empirical study of literature: Psychology, sociology, and other disciplines
Gerard J. Steen and Dick Schram
Literary creativity
Norbert Groeben
Qualitative methods in studying text reception
Margrit Schreier
Agency, plot, and a structural affect theory of literary story comprehension
Arthur C. Graesser and Bianca Klettke
Time in narrative comprehension: A cognitive perspective
Rolf A. Zwaan, Carol J. Madden and Robert A. Stanfield
Old readers: Slow readers or expert readers?
Katinka Dijkstra
What we know about reading poetry: Theoretical positions and empirical research
David I. Hanauer
A renaissance perspective on the empirical study of literature: An example from psychophysiology
Johan F. Hoorn
A rhetoric of metaphor: Conceptual and linguistic metaphor and the psychology of literature
Gerard J. Steen
Irony and its discontent
Rachel Giora
Psychoanalysts and daydreaming
Willie van Peer and Ingrid Stoeger
Back from the grave: Reinstating the catharsis concept in the psychology of reception
Brigitte Scheele
How to make alle Menschen Brüder: Literature in a multicultural and multiform society
Frank Hakemulder
“Sad autumn” and cultural representations: A comparative study of Japanese and Israeli “autumn”
Ziva Ben-Porat
The fragmentation of the media audience
Kees van Rees and Koen van Eijck
Bypassing the author: Two examples of reading interactive stories
Ed S. Tan and Sarita Dev
Readers and reading behavior in the past: The question is: What is the question?
Joost J. Kloek and Jose de Kruif
The empirical study of careers in literature and the arts
Susanne Janssen
Stories and social structure: A structural perspective on literature in society
Wouter de Nooy
Quotations expressing the valuative stands of literary reviewers
Hugo Verdaasdonk
The proper place of humanism: Qualitative versus scientific studies of literature
Colin Martindale
An evolutionary framework for literary reading
David S. Miall
High and popular culture from the viewpoints of psychology and cultural studies
Gerald C. Cupchik and Garry Leonard
Operative fictions: The fabric of societies
Siegfried J. Schmidt
List of contributors
“In short, The Psychology and Sociology of Literature should provide inspiration for both humanists and empiricists and set new directions for literary scholarship. Not a single chapter fails to suggest areas for further innovation and research. Taken as a whole, the chapters serve as a stellar example of the creativity oxymoron generates.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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