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Narrative Gravity

Conversation, Cognition, Culture

Narrative Gravity by Rukmini Bhaya Nair
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In this elegantly written and theoretically sophisticated work, Rukmini Bhaya Nair asks why human beings across the world are such compulsive and inventive storytellers. Extending current research in cognitive science and narratology, she argues that we seem to have a genetic drive to fabricate as a way of gaining the competitive advantages such fictions give us. She suggests that stories are a means of fusing causal and logical explanations of 'real' events with emotional recognition, so that the lessons taught to us as children, and then throughout our lives via stories, lay the cornerstones of our most crucial beliefs. Nair's conclusion is that our stories really do make us up, just as much as we make up our stories.
Taylor and Francis; June 2004
440 pages; ISBN 9781134397914
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Title: Narrative Gravity
Author: Rukmini Bhaya Nair
 
ISBNs
0203301099
9780203301098
9780415307352
9781134397891
9781134397914