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Introduction to Alan Palmer's "Social Minds in Criticism and in Fiction"

Academic journal article Style

Introduction to Alan Palmer's "Social Minds in Criticism and in Fiction"

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What you hold in your hands, readers, is the second issue in our on-going (but still occasional) series designed to encourage a wide-spread and relatively quick exchange of views on a current problem in literature and criticism by asking a significant figure in literary study to write a "Target Essay,"--in this instance a summary mix of Alan Palmer's ideas developed in his books, Fictional Minds (U of Nebraska P, 2004), and the most recent Social Minds in the Novel (Ohio State UP, 2011). Following receipt of Dr. Palmer's essay, we at Style mailed copies to some 70 plus scholars and thinkers across the world who previously had been known to consider similar matters in narrative and/or character analysis and asked for their responses in a fairly short period of time--90 days. We requested all responses to remain focused and short (1,000 to 2,000 words on average) but each could discuss whatever that individual thought most important in his/her reception of Palmer's target essay and of his previous writings. The rate-of-return for responses was a bit over 30 percent--see the list in the table of contents--and following the deadline for reactions, we sent them all to London where Dr. Palmer worked diligently during the fall of 2010 on a "Rejoinder" to each respondent, whether individually or in some aggregate fashion. This issue contains, then, the "Target Essay" the many responses, and Dr. …

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