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Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning (Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance) Hardcover – May 8, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1137002402 ISBN-10: 1137002409
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"If we subscribe to the view that fiction illuminates reality, Graphing Jane Austen shines a spotlight that . . .  would make C. P. Snow proud." Maria Popova, Brain Pickings,

"Graphing Jane Austen shines a spotlight that not only would make C. P. Snow proud but also helps better understand our culture's relationship with constructs like personality, gender, and introversion." - Brainpickings
"In merging literary and evolutionary approaches, this book is certain to bring delight to an evolutionary audience and a combination of interest and consternation to the literary contingent. This is wholly appropriate for a fascinating pioneering work." - Christopher Boehm, Director, The Goodall Research Center, University of Southern California

"[The authors bring three vital ingredients to this study of nineteenth-century English novels: a love of the novels, a modern understanding of human evolutionary biology, and facility with modern methods of data analysis. The result is a stunning synthesis; many dream of some reconciliation between the sciences and the humanities. [This book has actually stepped in and started us down that road." - Henry Harpending, professor of Anthropology, University of Utah

'Once every century or so, a paradigm shift erupts in how we perceive literature. Graphing Jane Austen is this century's revolution. It is a masterpiece of creative, synthesizing science that lays the groundwork for an entirely new way of looking at and understanding literature. - Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering, Oakland University and author of Cold-Blooded Kindness and Evil Genes

'This is a strikingly original book, full of surprising insights into human nature and the way novels work.' – R. Headlam-Wells, Professor Emeritus, Roehampton University London

About the Author

Joseph Carroll is Curators' Professor of English at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is the author of Evolution and Literary Theory, Literary Darwinism, and Reading Human Nature. He co-edited Evolution, Literature, and Film: A Reader and the first two annual volumes of The Evolutionary Review: Art, Science, Culture.

Jonathan Gottschall teaches English at Washington Jefferson College. He is the author of The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer; Literature, Science and a New Humanities; and The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human.

John A. Johnson is a professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University, DuBois. He is the co-editor of Advanced Methods for Conducting Online Behavioral Research and his research has been featured in Psychology Today, Omni, The New York Times, and CBS Radio.

Daniel J. Kruger is an assistant research professor at the University of Michigan. He has authored and co-authored more than two dozen peer-reviewed articles and his research has been featured in over one hundred media reports.


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