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.