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On the origin of stories : evolution, cognition, and fiction / Brian Boyd.

Boyd, Brian, 1952- (Author).
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Robertson Library PN3451.B68 2009 37348007062086 STACKS Available -
Subject: Fiction > History and criticism.
Fiction > Authorship.

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  • ISBN: 9780674033573 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0674033574 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xii, 540 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 457-507) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: animal, human, art, story -- Book 1: Evolution, art, and fiction -- Part 1: Evolution and nature -- Evolution and human nature? -- Evolution, adaptation, and adapted minds -- The evolution of intelligence -- The evolution of cooperation -- Part 2: Evolution and art -- Art as adaptation? -- Art as cognitive play -- Art and attention -- From tradition to innovation -- Part 3: Evolution and fiction -- Art, narrative, fiction -- Understanding and recalling events -- Narrative: representing events -- Fiction: inventing events -- Fiction as adaptation -- Book II: From Zeus to Seuss: origins of stories -- Part 4: Phylogeny: the Odyssey -- Earning attention (1): natural patterns: character and plot -- Earning attention (s): open-ended patterns: ironies of structure -- The evolution of intelligence (1): in the here and now -- The evolution of intelligence (2): beyond the here and now -- The evolution of cooperation (1): expanding the circle -- The evolution of cooperation (2): punishment -- Part 5: Ontogeny: Horton hears a who! -- Levels of explanation: universal, local, and individual -- Levels of explanation: individuality again -- Levels of explanation: particular -- Meanings -- Conclusion: retrospect and prospects: evolution, literature, criticism.
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