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The Ballad Of Babel - Outlook

The Ballad Of Babel - Outlook | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Outlook The Ballad Of Babel A truly first-rate novel of the corporate workplace hardly exists in Indian literature; equally rare is a novel of sustained psychological intensity. A book that combines these qualities, hence, should be greeted by much acclaim. The odd thing is that there has been just such a novel around for years, and hardly anyone seems to know about it. Published in 1979, Yashwant Chittal’s Kannada novel Shikari tells the story of Nagnath, a migrant from north Karnataka who has risen to a high-ranking position in a chemicals corporation in Bombay. When the novel begins, Nagnath has just been plunged into the biggest crisis of his adult life: he has been suspended from his job for an unknown offence.

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Ice-Nine Mornings and Vonnegut Nights | Mythic Bios

Ice-Nine Mornings and Vonnegut Nights | Mythic Bios | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I'd had some personal experiences with both–and it is hilarious and fitting just how fictional concepts make human nature and interaction easier to understand–and I wanted to know more about the book from where it all came ...
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Literature affects my character! « A Room of One's Own

Literature affects my character! « A Room of One's Own | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
When I was watching Anne of Green Gables the other day, I couldn't help but notice how completely comfortable Anne Shirley is with her wandering imagination, her fiery temper, her emotional way of proceeding, and her utter ...

 

I used to hide all of this because I come from a very intellectual/analytical family. I thought I was odd to be like myself (that there was something “weak” or ineffectual or wrong with me) until I read Sense & Sensibility and met Marianne Dashwood. That book helped me to see that Jane Austen knew a character like myself, or else dreamed one up, which meant we’ve been around at least 200 years! And maybe there are more like me in the world.

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Cameron: Fiction can shape our lives - Albany Times Union

Cameron: Fiction can shape our lives - Albany Times Union | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Cameron: Fiction can shape our lives Albany Times Union Reading novels and stories allows us to gain access to deeply imagined lives ... comes not from knowing facts but from knowing truths about human nature; ...
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Human Givens Blog: HG Library: All in the service of meaning - Joe ...

Human Givens Blog: HG Library: All in the service of meaning - Joe ... | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I'd like to start out by quoting a key passage from your book, The Observing Self, to set the frame for our readers. "The fundamental questions, “Who am I?”, “What am I?” and “Why am I?” arise increasingly in the struggle to find meaning and purpose in life. Therapists hear them as explicit queries or in indirect form: 'who is the real me?' or 'I don't know what I want – part of me wants one thing and part of me wants something else. What do I want?' Western psychology is severely handicapped in dealing with these questions because the centre of human experience – the observing self – is missing from its theories. Yet, at the heart of psychopathology lies a fundamental confusion between the self as object and the self of pure subjectivity. Emotions, thoughts, impulses, images and sensations are the contents of consciousness: we witness them; we are aware of their existence. Likewise, the body, the self Image, and the self-concept are all constructs that we observe. But our core sense of personal existence - the 'I' - is located in awareness itself, not in its content."
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A Resentful Imagination - Wall Street Journal

A Resentful Imagination - Wall Street Journal | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal A Resentful Imagination Wall Street Journal At their best, these parables recall the short fiction of Kafka, another writer ... is a universe where technological civilization has fully supplanted nature as such.

In this and other stories, Saramago allowed leftist doctrine, above all else, to guide his narratives. The result is something pamphlet-like, the author's literary imagination shackled to cant. Purely political criticism is indeed a vulgar exercise. But it may be a necessary one when, as in Saramago's work, literary ambition is so deeply compromised by toxic politics.

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TELOS 159 (Summer 2012): Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere - Telos Press

TELOS 159 (Summer 2012): Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere - Telos Press | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

TELOS 159 (Summer 2012): Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere Telos Press Works of literature have the distinctive capacity to elicit discussion and the habit of criticism. Precisely why literature occupies a privileged position in generating critical perspectives is another matter, having to do either with its imaginative character, i.e., its aesthetic autonomy, or, alternatively, with its capacity to provide life-practical orientation. Whatever the argument for the specific benefit of literature, it is the discussion about literature that is crucial here. Literary criticism incubates a general capacity for criticism, and this criticism then amplifies the public sphere. Civic virtue begins, counterintuitively, in aesthetic experience.

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Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans ... - The Guardian

Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans ... - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans ...The Guardian Cognitive psychology has had little impact on our culture, but this intellectual manual ... sufficiently profound to be convincing, its literature elegant and moving.
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American Gothic: Historical and Psychological Critique in Stephen ...

American Gothic: Historical and Psychological Critique in Stephen ... | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In response to this national "identity crisis," American readers and film goers developed a keen "appetite for the ... horrible" (Scott, Heart 13), and there was a growing audience for tales of terror in both film and literature—especially in the ...
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One on One with author Alma Bond, PhD — One on One

One on One with author Alma Bond, PhD — One on One | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
She taught psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is a fellow, and presently is a faculty member of WritersSchool, where she teaches Psychology and Literature.
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The Death of Literary Theory - blog*spot

The Death of Literary Theory - blog*spot | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
If you haven't had any history in literary criticism or taken an adolescent literature class (aimed at preteens) then you may have missed the moment in history when "we" decided that English was too difficult to grade and ...
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Joseph Campbell: The Man Who Wrote The Book on Heroes at ...

Joseph Campbell: The Man Who Wrote The Book on Heroes at ... | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Ironically, the first published psychological analysis of heroism wasn't completed by a psychologist. In 1949, Joseph Campbell, a comparative mythologist who studied medieval literature and world religions, wrote a ...
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366days, 366books: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Simon Mawer

366days, 366books: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Simon Mawer | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Both have given us fascinating World War II tales, and both gave the Hay audience plenty to ponder over with regard to the nature of truth in fiction. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong with fiction it seems, only good or bad.
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Criminal minds let loose on the page - Sydney Morning Herald

Criminal minds let loose on the page - Sydney Morning Herald | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald Criminal minds let loose on the page Sydney Morning Herald' 'I studied English at Sydney University parallel to psychology but I was reading anything I could get my hands on at the earliest stage,'' Giarratano says.
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Are E-Books Bad for Your Memory?

Are E-Books Bad for Your Memory? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Schools and universities are using e-readers and tablets as valuable learning tools, but scientists are questioning their effect on memory.
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Inward Journey | Matheikal's Blog

Inward Journey | Matheikal's Blog | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Many people don't even consider sociology and psychology as science. Literature has never made any scientific claims. Literature is art. Literature delves into the human psyche and tries to make sense of the welter of ...
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How to fool Houdini–and avoid fooling yourself - Scientific American (blog)

How to fool Houdini–and avoid fooling yourself - Scientific American (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Scientific American (blog) How to fool Houdini–and avoid fooling yourself Scientific American (blog) In a 2011 study, psychologists from UC San Diego found that individuals who had seen a spoiler paragraph prior to reading a short story rated the story as more, not less, pleasurable. And that held true even of stories where the plot, the “trick” so to speak, was seemingly the center of the experience, such as one of Roald Dahl’s signature ironic twist tales or an Agatha Christie mystery.

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Q&A: The best Maine author you've never heard of - Press Herald

Q&A: The best Maine author you've never heard of - Press Herald | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Press HeraldQ&A: The best Maine author you've never heard of Press Herald As a literary stylist and storyteller, she has won top honors in every genre in which she ... Jackson Award for literature of psychological suspense, among others.
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A complexity of contrasts - gulfnews.com

A complexity of contrasts - gulfnews.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A complexity of contrasts gulfnews.com... a reluctance to accept this complexity, which is the complexity of human nature. ... Vargas Llosa's abiding conviction in the many fictions he has written about ...
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Literary Introverts of My Childhood | Psychology Today

Literary Introverts of My Childhood | Psychology Today | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Psychology Today: I’ve always been a big reader (no surprise, eh?), thinking back on the books that were most meaningful to me as a child, I realize their heroines were introvert role models.

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The Mystery of Big Books « Lee Konstantinou

The Mystery of Big Books « Lee Konstantinou | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
And yet the exogenous position of writers and readers to the publishing field need not deter the literary critic. The reason is simple: the objects of literary study aren't necessarily writers and readers, but books.
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Rebirth of the Death of the Author | Overland literary journal

Rebirth of the Death of the Author | Overland literary journal | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Theory, our opponents suggest, took away from the 'Common Reader', reduced the literary experience. My feeling ... Classic criticism has never paid any attention to the reader; for it, the writer is the only person in literature.
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The dying art of book reviewing. | Leah Raeder

Author and critic Janice Harayda has been writing and tweeting some great stuff lately on the decline of book reviews, especially when it comes to the most dreaded thing: expressing negativity. Harayda offers some guidelines ...
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Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips – review - The Guardian

Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips – review - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

The Guardian Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips – review

That psychology is the subject of Adam Phillips's new book, Missing Out. "It is among the contentions of this book," Phillips states in his introduction, "that our unlived lives – the lives we live in fantasy, the wished-for lives – are often more important to us than our so-called lived lives."

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Theoretical Approaches to Young Adult Literature: Universal link

Theoretical Approaches to Young Adult Literature: Universal link | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

While reading various articles, I found it interesting how many studies argue that authors of YA literature intentionally target a specific age population, esepcially for monetary reasons. However, there is also another argument and that is that YA literature presents a universal link to all ages, while also showing a universal experience of being in that age. According to Joseph Campbell, young protagonists in novels are not young because their intended readership is young. They are young protagonists because it is necessary to the story. The choice of a young protagonist in a literary work allows the author to stake claim to the “archetypal” function the motif provides, which is to awaken within the collective unconsciousness of the reader the wonder of the potentialities and prophetic warnings the conscious mind has slept away, forgotten or failed to dream.

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