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Escaping One's Own Shadow

Escaping One's Own Shadow | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
How to avoid our tendency as writers to repeat sentence patterns and words.

 

your brain’s activity in one part of the day shapes it in another, especially when it comes to creating sentences. This is a real phenomenon, described by psycholinguists, who call it “structural priming” or “syntactic persistence.” Basically, earlier patterns in what you say or read or write “prime” you to repeat them when you’re acting automatically.

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From Don't Look Now to The Child in Time: why do we crave stories of lost children?

From Don't Look Now to The Child in Time: why do we crave stories of lost children? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. As a new TV adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel starring Benedict Cumberbatch hits our screens, we explore our fears and fantasies around the ultimate horror


"The children, missing and dead, that recur throughout culture are frequently used as mirrors to parental attitudes, and function as a sort of free-for-all for viewers and readers to judge and to project their own fears and fantasies"

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The 10 best and 10 worst Stephen King movies

The 10 best and 10 worst Stephen King movies | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Out of the many films made from Stephen King's books, we've lined up the ones that are worth your time—and the ones you should avoid at all costs.
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Directors sign for Stephen King's Suffer the Little Children and Rose Madder

Directors sign for Stephen King's Suffer the Little Children and Rose Madder | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
King's short story SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN and novel ROSE MADDER are getting the movie treatment.
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Margaret Atwood's searing psychological thriller fit for the stage

Margaret Atwood's searing psychological thriller fit for the stage | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Stage versions of Atwood's work are still rare, so Rivendell's riveting world premiere production of her novel "Alias Grace" is reason to celebrate.
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Aaron Sorkin promises a fresh look at Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in his stage version

Aaron Sorkin promises a fresh look at Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in his stage version | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The acclaimed screenwriter’s play will be a departure from the novel as well as the 1962 movie adaptation.
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This is my favorite book of all time. I'm curious about the changes Sorkin will make in his play.
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Karl Ove Knausgaard on Holding Babies: An Illustration

Karl Ove Knausgaard on Holding Babies: An Illustration | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Autumn, the first in a seasonal quartet by Karl Ove Knausgaard, is framed as a letter to his daughter. We illustrated his thoughts on holding babies.
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100 Must-Read Strange and Unusual Novels

100 Must-Read Strange and Unusual Novels | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

"I love strange and unusual novels, mostly because I, myself, am strange and unusual."


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I, too, like strange and unusual--even weird--novels. How about you?
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I like "strange and unusual".

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Top 10 secrets in fiction

Top 10 secrets in fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
From the hidden passions of Mrs Dalloway to Patrick Bateman’s murderous designs, these books expose a subject we all privately love

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An Incomplete Guide to Literary References in Twin Peaks

An Incomplete Guide to Literary References in Twin Peaks | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Hey, did you know that there's a new season of Twin Peaks? Oh—you did? Why, have people been talking about it? And scene, with my sincere apologies. Like many
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100 Must-Read Books on English: Essays, Writing, and Literary Criticism

100 Must-Read Books on English: Essays, Writing, and Literary Criticism | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
100 Must-Read Books on English: Essays, Writing, and Literary Criticism is a reading list for the literate
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Re-reading the Psychology of Wilhelm Reich | Stillpoint Spaces

Re-reading the Psychology of Wilhelm Reich | Stillpoint Spaces | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Christian Smith introduces one of the most controversial psychoanalysts of all time.
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Spotlight on Climate Change Authors

Will spotlight climate change authors such as Jeff VanderMeer, Emmi Itäranta, Barbara Kingsolver, Paolo Bacigalupi, Nathanial Rich, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others who tackle global warming in novels
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The 6 Best Things About Mother/Daughter Bonds in Writing, Explained

Mothers. Can’t live with them, can’t be born without them. Why are stories of mothers and daughters such a potent literary device?
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'Borg/McEnroe': Transforming the Great Tennis Rivalry into a 'Psychological Thriller'

'Borg/McEnroe': Transforming the Great Tennis Rivalry into a 'Psychological Thriller' | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
TIFF kicked off yesterday and the talent behind Borg/McEnroe sat down to discuss how the film is about far more than just a game.
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Who’s telling the truth? JAN MOIR's view of ITV's new drama Liar

Who’s telling the truth? JAN MOIR's view of ITV's new drama Liar | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Jan Moir offers her take on new ITV drama Liar, in which Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd play a teacher and surgeon who become embroiled in a dispute over an allegation of rape.
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Read the Classics Through Another's Point of View With These 5 Memoirs

Read the Classics Through Another's Point of View With These 5 Memoirs | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
These five compelling memoirs revisit timeless classics and offer readers a unique perspective on the well-known stories.
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17 TERRIBLE Scenes In Amazing Movies

17 TERRIBLE Scenes In Amazing Movies | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Even the finest piece of cinematic art features the odd blemish. All of these movies are great, but still feature one scene fans would rather forget.
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Clifton Fadiman Didn’t Mind Being Called Schoolmasterish

Clifton Fadiman Didn’t Mind Being Called Schoolmasterish | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
His Lifetime Reading Plan was an erudite booklist for everyman.
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Weird Books You Should Read if You Like 'Twin Peaks'

Weird Books You Should Read if You Like 'Twin Peaks' | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Eye-patched amnesiacs, haunted hotels, and existential detectives are just a few of the Lynchian elements you'll encounter in these literary works.

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10 Chilling Fiction Books Inspired By Terrifying True Stories

10 Chilling Fiction Books Inspired By Terrifying True Stories | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
As all book-lovers know, authors will find inspiration for their work anywhere and everywhere — inventing stories from their own imaginations, basing their fiction on personal experiences, garnering inspiration from other great works of literature, a…

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100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction

100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The best dystopian novels, including 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, and more.

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"the term wasn’t even invented until the 19th century and has only in the last half-century or so come into vogue."
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How David Storey's This Sporting Life created a great working-class film hero

How David Storey's This Sporting Life created a great working-class film hero | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Storey delivered a blast of energy to the dull early 60s with the character of Frank Machin, a rugby league player who capitalised on the new magic of celebrity
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Modernity’s Main Man: Is Anton Chekhov Still Relevant? - Signature Reads

Modernity’s Main Man: Is Anton Chekhov Still Relevant? - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
As Lisa Rosman pondered the relevance of Anton Chekhov, she tapped the opinions of a few well-read and ponderous minds to answer the question.
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Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we do things differently?
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The Music of Reading Aloud

When good readers read aloud, it sounds like music.
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Heel erg interessant artikel over voorlezen! Ik heb zelf altijd erg graag geluisterd naar voorgelezen verhalen en boeken. Ik denk dat iedereen daar nog steeds ergens gevoelig aan is. Tijdens mijn stage op Artevelde was het 'voorleesweek' en daar moest ik net een les geven over leesstrategieën.. Het leek mij dan ook een ideale gelegenheid om zelf even voor te lezen uit een kortverhalenbundel (Het Tuinhuis van Hella Haasse trouwens, één van mijn favorieten) en het viel mij op dat de hele klasgroep (een publiek van 18 tot 24 jaar) muisstil was. " If you listened carefully when you read that passage aloud, you can see that your reading had many of the same qualities that music does." Zoals muziek elk publiek kan bekoren, denk ik dat een mooi voorgelezen verhaal dat ook doet. In die zin is het misschien een manier om mensen 'aan het lezen' of tenminste 'aan het denken' te krijgen over literatuur.