Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of Fiction
Harvard University Press
  • erschienen am 4. Dezember 2007
  • Buch
  • |
  • Hardcover
  • |
  • 264 Seiten
978-0-674-02631-5 (ISBN)
With "Comeuppance", William Flesch delivers the freshest, most generous thinking about the novel since Walter Benjamin wrote on the storyteller and Wayne C. Booth on the rhetoric of fiction. In clear and engaging prose, Flesch integrates evolutionary psychology into literary studies, creating a new theory of fiction in which form and content flawlessly intermesh.Fiction, Flesch contends, gives us our most powerful way of making sense of the social world. "Comeuppance" begins with an exploration of the appeal of gossip and ends with an account of how we can think about characters and care about them as much as about persons we know to be real. We praise a storyteller who contrives a happy or at least an appropriate ending, and fault the writer who refuses us one. Flesch uses Darwinian theory to show how fiction satisfies our desire to see the good vindicated and the wicked get their comeuppance. He conveys the danger and excitement of reading fiction with nimble intelligence and provides wide reference to stories both familiar and little known.Flesch has given us a book that is sure to claim a central place in the discussion of literature and the humanities.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge, Mass
  • |
  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Klebebindung
  • |
  • Gewebe-Einband
  • |
  • mit Schutzumschlag (bedruckt)
  • Höhe: 235 mm
  • |
  • Breite: 155 mm
  • 532 gr
978-0-674-02631-5 (9780674026315)

William Flesch is Professor of English Literature at Brandeis University.
I admired William Flesch's examination of fiction and evolutionary biology, in "Comeuppance: Costly Signalling, Altruistic Punishment and Other Biological Components of Fiction", not least because Flesch, a young professor at Brandeis, is aware of the limits of the application of biology to aesthetics.--James Wood"New Yorker blog" (12/15/2008)

Artikel ist vergriffen; keine Neuauflage

43,31 €
inkl. 7% MwSt.