Jane on the Brain – Exploring the Science of Social Intelligence with Jane Austen
epub | 7.57 MB | English | Isbn:164313034X |
Author: Wendy Jones | PAge: 406 | Year: 2017
An Austen scholar and therapist reveals Jane Austen’s intuitive ability to imbue her characters with hallmarks of social intelligence-and how these beloved works of literature can further illuminate the mind-brain connection.
Why is Jane Austen so phenomenally popular? Why do we read Pride and Prejudice again and again? Why do we delight in Emma’s mischievous schemes? Why do we care that Anne Elliot of Persuasion suffers?
We care because it is our biological destiny to be interested in people and their stories-the human brain is a social brain. And Austen’s characters are so believable, that for many of us, they are not just imaginary beings, but friends whom we know and love. And thanks to Austen’s ability to capture the breadth and depth of human psychology so thoroughly, we feel that she empathizes with us, her readers.
Humans have a profound need for empathy, to know that we are not alone with our joys and sorrows. And then there is…
Category:18th Century Literary Criticism, 18th Century Literary Criticism, Women Authors Literary Criticism