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Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative Paperback – June 13, 2008


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The book is stylistically well-written and features interesting readings of various texts.

(Marcus Hartner Zeitschrift fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik)

The author gives herself a refreshingly modest assignment: to demonstrate that a certain cognitive predisposition has contributed to the development of, and continued interest in, specific literary motifs that occur across a wide variety of cultures. This is all that she tries to do, and she does it very well.

(Philosophy and Literature)

Zunshine renders the book accessible to the general reader.

(Aristie Trendel Cercles)

Zunshine’s scholarship here and elsewhere is boldly exploratory.

(Frederick Luis Aldama Substance)

About the Author

Lisa Zunshine is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky and author of Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel.


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Lisa Zunshine is a Bush-Holbrook professor of English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author and editor of eleven books, including Bastards and Foundlings: Illegitimacy in Eighteenth-Century England (2005), Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel (2006), Philanthropy and Fiction, 1698-1818 (2006), Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative (2008), Acting Theory and the English Stage, 1700-1830 (2009), Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies (2010), Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us About Popular Culture (2012), and The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies (2015).

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