Affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and Emotion in American Literary Realism (review)

Affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and Emotion in American Literary Realism (review) affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and emotion in american Literary Realism. by Jane F. thrailkill. Cambridge: Harvard university press, 2007. viii + 312 pp. $45.00. reviewed by Cynthia J. Davis, university of South Carolina s reading a cerebral or corporeal activity? Do thoughts lead to feelings, or vice versa? Can realism's legendary objectivity accommodate and evoke bodily feelings? these are among the questions Jane F. thrailkill convincingly answers in her wide-ranging study. Affecting Fictions juxtaposes late-nineteenth-century literary works by authors including oliver Wendell Holmes, S. Weir Mitchell, Charlotte perkins Gilman, Mark twain, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Harold Frederic, and Kate Chopin with contemporaneous writings by neuroscientists and pragmatists--key figures including William James and John Dewey--to elucidate the central role of affect not only in emergent theories of subjectivity but also in the creation and reception of works of art. repudiating both the new Critics' aversion for the Affective Fallacy and their emotionless hermeneutics, thrailkill seeks to recover the full-bodied emotional and neurological experiences that texts both enact and inspire. through multi-layered close readings, contextualizing historical analyses, and clarifying exegeses of philosophical and scientific works, she demonstrates the instrumental value of texts, proving the indispensability of what they do to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Legacy University of Nebraska Press

Affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and Emotion in American Literary Realism (review)

Legacy, Volume 26 (1) – Jun 3, 2009

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affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and emotion in american Literary Realism. by Jane F. thrailkill. Cambridge: Harvard university press, 2007. viii + 312 pp. $45.00. reviewed by Cynthia J. Davis, university of South Carolina s reading a cerebral or corporeal activity? Do thoughts lead to feelings, or vice versa? Can realism's legendary objectivity accommodate and evoke bodily feelings? these are among the questions Jane F. thrailkill convincingly answers in her wide-ranging study. Affecting Fictions juxtaposes late-nineteenth-century literary works by authors including oliver Wendell Holmes, S. Weir Mitchell, Charlotte perkins Gilman, Mark twain, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Harold Frederic, and Kate Chopin with contemporaneous writings by neuroscientists and pragmatists--key figures including William James and John Dewey--to elucidate the central role of affect not only in emergent theories of subjectivity but also in the creation and reception of works of art. repudiating both the new Critics' aversion for the Affective Fallacy and their emotionless hermeneutics, thrailkill seeks to recover the full-bodied emotional and neurological experiences that texts both enact and inspire. through multi-layered close readings, contextualizing historical analyses, and clarifying exegeses of philosophical and scientific works, she demonstrates the instrumental value of texts, proving the indispensability of what they do to

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