Style

A journal focusing on literature and literary topics for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, Summer

Even "Internalist' Minds Are Social
As a psychologist, I welcome Alan Palmer's thoughtful appraisal of the value of cognitive-psychological approaches to literary minds. Such accounts enrich literary studies by using ideas about real- world mental functioning to explain how minds operate...
From the Individual to the System: Expanding the Range of Literary Interpretation
Investigation of the ways in which "real" human minds and fictional minds are similar and different is an important undertaking for literary critics, psychologists and neuroscientists, linguists, and philosophers. Thankfully, this investigation has begun...
Palmer's Cognitivist Challenge
Alan Palmer begins his thought-provoking article with the idea that mind is social. He soon characterizes an alternative to this view as a "cliché." In fact, it seems at least as reasonable to characterize Palmer's claim as a cliché. Despite Palmer's...
Style Brings in Mental States1
IMuch of what I write these days is an elaboration of Alan Palmer's argument that "novel reading is mind-reading." Here, too, I take up one aspect of that argument and consider it in light of my recent experience of studying fiction in a lab with fMRI...
The Social Mind in Fiction: Response to Alan Palmer
Alan Palmer's essay invites us to define the key term "Social Mind" more thoroughly, and suggests its vast heuristic potential. To tell a coherent story, authors usually simplify by depicting only one social mind initiating or oppressing an individual,...