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
Legacy – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 3, 2009
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera