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Jane Austen and Health – Jane Austen History – Literary Detectives

Jane Austen and Health – Jane Austen History – Literary Detectives | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Among the wicked caricatures that people Jane Austen’s novels, the hypochondriac, in various guises, makes regular appearances. They are often fairly prominent characters, such as one of the protagonist’s parents in Pride and Prejudice and Emma or her sister in Persuasion, but their ceaseless complaining is rarely allowed to bore the reader. Yet Jane Austen, despite ruthlessly infecting her characters with unidentified complaints as necessary plot points, also portrays real illness with a warmth of sympathy untroubled by her lack of medical understanding.

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We’ve Been Here Before: Jon Meacham on the Literature of Our Discontent

We’ve Been Here Before: Jon Meacham on the Literature of Our Discontent | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Some fiction from our chaotic past repays attention as we seek our bearings now.
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Literature as a reflection of cultural history
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Stop Making Sense, or How to Write in the Age of Trump

Stop Making Sense, or How to Write in the Age of Trump | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Overnight, America — its past, present, and future — have become unreal.
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How literature may come to represent a new national cultural identity
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Move over Freud: literary fiction is the best therapy

Move over Freud: literary fiction is the best therapy | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Fiction breaks down social isolation and creates a sense of belonging, argues the author and former psychoanalyst
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What favourite childhood books reveal about the psyche – Adam Gidwitz | Aeon Essays

To understand "the foundations on which a person’s life is built, ask her what her favourite books were as a child."

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Death is No Parenthesis: 3 Medical Mysteries in Literature

Death is No Parenthesis: 3 Medical Mysteries in Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Leslie Michelson, author of The Patient's Playbook, discusses 3 classic authors (Poe, Bronte, and Austen), each of whom met their ends in mysterious ways.
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Curtis Hanson, Director of Wicked Noir ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

Curtis Hanson, Director of Wicked Noir ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.
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"L.A. Confidential" is one of the best film adaptations of a novel that I've ever seen.
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'We ought to read only the kind of books that wound us': How literature teaches us to be human

'We ought to read only the kind of books that wound us': How literature teaches us to be human | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Robert Fulford: We look back on key titles and wonder whether or not we would have turned out as we did if someone hadn't put a certain book in our hands at a certain moment?
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Q&A: Christine Sneed Discusses Her Compelling Story Collection About the Lure of Fame

Q&A: Christine Sneed Discusses Her Compelling Story Collection About the Lure of Fame | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The contradictions in human character, like our flaws, are very good material for a fiction writer
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10 Myers-Briggs Type Charts for Pop Culture Characters

10 Myers-Briggs Type Charts for Pop Culture Characters | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
How Myers-Briggs personality types can be illustrated by pop culture characters, from any universe that has at least 16 characters with different personalities.
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Lionel Shriver: 'This Entire Hoo-Ha' Illustrates My Point

Lionel Shriver: 'This Entire Hoo-Ha' Illustrates My Point | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
An interview with the author about the response to her controversial speech
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If you haven't kept up with this argument over cultural appropriation, you can use the links contained in this article to catch up. It's a valid area for discussion. 
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Identity and the Mind - Five Books

Identity and the Mind - Five Books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The neuroscientist introduces us to the concept of the connectome, the ever-changing map of connections between the brain’s neurons that makes each of us who we are
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12 Girls from Fiction Who Are Their Own Heroes | Brightly

12 Girls from Fiction Who Are Their Own Heroes | Brightly | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
These twelve young heroines from children’s literature reflect the strong and independent females kids see — and love — in the real world.
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We the People: 10 Novels Featuring a Greek Chorus

We the People: 10 Novels Featuring a Greek Chorus | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Discover novels featuring a Greek Chorus (collective voice) including "The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides.
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Are girls really better at reading than boys or are the tests painting a false picture?

Are girls really better at reading than boys or are the tests painting a false picture? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In reading tests at school, girls tend to be ahead of boys, in all age groups and in all countries. But in young adults, there is suddenly no longer any d
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Why Literature Needs Psychology

Why Literature Needs Psychology | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The risk of passionate love is this: it makes everything outside its immediate, glowing orbit look dull and distant by comparison. What we love dims the rest of
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After Irony | Dissent Magazine

After Irony | Dissent Magazine | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Both scholars suggest that there’s something to be gained politically from probing uncomfortable feelings.
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How politics informs contemporary American literature
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11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Shirley Jackson

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Shirley Jackson | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Including: she wrote The Lottery in a single morning, didn't believe in ghosts, and more.
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I can't think of Literature & Psychology without thinking of Shirley Jackson.
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Scarlett Reborn: The Case for Flawed Females in Fiction

Scarlett Reborn: The Case for Flawed Females in Fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Author Anne-Marie Casey shares her point-of-view on flawed females in fiction and the parallels between Scarlett O’Hara and the protagonist of her new novel, The Real Liddy James.
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Happy Birthday, Stephen King! 8 of Our Favorites From the Master

Happy Birthday, Stephen King! 8 of Our Favorites From the Master | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
His writing holds a mirror up to his readers and asks: Who are we? What do we desire most and what are we willing to do to get it? What do we truly fear?
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September is National Translation Month (NTM)

September is National Translation Month (NTM) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Celebrating Writing in Translation


Language is a way to express the human experience, yet it also presents communication barriers. With the efforts of accomplished translators, however, those barriers can be overcome to foster artistic unity across linguistic boundaries.

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Edward Albee, a Playwright Intent on Naming, and Goading, the Beast Within

Edward Albee, a Playwright Intent on Naming, and Goading, the Beast Within | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Throughout his work, Mr. Albee insisted that our most primitive instincts keep asserting themselves in even the most civilized settings.
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“My narrator is starving, both literally and metaphorically”: Teddy Wayne and Alexandra Kleeman on anxiety and alienation in their new books

“My narrator is starving, both literally and metaphorically”: Teddy Wayne and Alexandra Kleeman on anxiety and alienation in their new books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Kleeman on reading Wayne's "Loner": "I felt like the person who turns away first in a game of chicken"
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"But creating a long-lived, rounded character is something new for me, and only possible because Karen is built off my own fears and neuroses."
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Language and Thought - Five Books

Language and Thought - Five Books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The linguist argues that all language has a basis in culture and explains how Chomsky is like Freud: crucial, but crucially wrong.
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Language as cultural construct
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Haunted Womanhood

Haunted Womanhood | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A biography by Ruth Franklin captures Shirley Jackson’s punishing upbringing and marriage, which perhaps informed the destruction of heroines in her work.
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I walked out of the Brisbane Writers Festival Keynote Address. This is why. – Medium

I walked out of the Brisbane Writers Festival Keynote Address. This is why. – Medium | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I have never walked out of a speech.
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An interesting question on the notion of cultural appropriation: Who is entitled to tell which stories?
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