Psyche and the Literary Muses

The contribution of literary content to scientific psychology

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<i>Psyche and the Literary Muses </i>focuses on the psychology of literature from an empirical point of view, rather than the more typical psychoanalytic position, and concentrates on literary content rather than readers or writers. The book centers on the author’s quantitative studies of brief literary and quasi-literary forms, ranging from titles of short stories and names of literary characters to clichés and quotations from literary sources, in demonstrating their contribution to the topics of learning, perception, thinking, emotions, creativity, and especially person perception and aging. More broadly, <i>Psyche</i> bears on literary studies, art, and psychology in general, as well as interdisciplinarity. This book deepens the understanding and appreciation of literature for scholars, academics and the general reader.

Subjects: Cognition and language; Theoretical literature & literary studies; Cognitive psychology

  • Affiliations: 1: The College at Brockport, State University of New York

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