While narrative has been one of the liveliest and most productive areas of research in literary theory, discussions of the nature of emotional responses to art and of the cognitive value of art tend to concentrate almost exclusively on the problem of fiction: How can we emote over or learn from fictions? Narrative, Emotion, and Insight explores what would happen if aestheticians framed the matter differently, having narratives—rather than fictional characters and events—as the object of emotional and cognitive attention. The book thus opens up new possibilities for approaching questions about the ethical, educative, and cultural value of art. The nine essays in this volume introduce the study of narrative to contemporary aesthetics.
1 Life, Fiction, and Narrative
2 Telling Stories: Narration, Emotion, and Insight in Memento
3 Philosophical Insight, Emotion, and Popular Fiction: The Case of Sunset Boulevard
4 Thick Narratives
5 Narrative, Emotions, and Autonomy
6 Narrative Rehearsal, Expression, and Goethe’s “Wandrers Nachtlied II”
7 Rubber Ring: Why Do We Listen to Sad Songs?
8 Discovery Plots in Tragedy
Susan L. Feagin
9 Imagination, Fiction, and Documentary
List of Contributors