Fiction and Emotion: A Study in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Mind

Oxford University Press (1988)
Why do people respond emotionally to works of fiction they know are make-believe? Boruah tackles this question, which is fundamental aesthetics and literary studies, from a totally new perspective. Bringing together the various answers that have been offered by philosophers from Aristotle to Roger Scruton, he shows that while some philosophers have denied any rational basis to our emotional responses to fiction, others have argued that the emotions evoked by fiction are not real emotions at all. In response to this, Boruah contends that fictional emotions are rational because they are based on the same sorts of beliefs that we form about real situations and real people. He illustrates this argument with literary examples ranging from Shakespeare to Tolstoy.
Keywords Fiction History and criticism  Literature Philosophy  Literature Aesthetics  Emotions in literature  Mind and body in literature
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Call number PN3335.B6 1988
ISBN(s) 0195620933  
DOI 10.2307/431772
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