Feelings in Literature. Johansen, J. Integrative Psychological \& Behavioral Science, 44(3):185--196, September, 2010.
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In this article it is argued that feelings are all important to the function of literature. In contradiction to music that is concerned with the inwardness of humankind, literature has, because of language, the capacity to create fictional worlds that in many respects are similar to and related to the life world within which we live. One of the most important reasons for our emotional engagement in literature is our empathy with others and our constant imagining and hypothesizing on possible developments in our interactions with them. Hence, we understand and engage ourselves in fictional worlds. It is further claimed and exemplified, how poetic texts are very good at rhetorically engage and manipulate our feelings. Finally, with reference to the important work of Ellen Dissanayake, it is pointed out that the first kind of communication in which we engage, that between mother and infant, is a kind of speech that positively engages the infant in a dialogue with the mother by means of poetic devices.
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  title = {Feelings in {Literature}},
  volume = {44},
  issn = {19324502},
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  doi = {10.1007/s12124-009-9112-0},
  abstract = {In this article it is argued that feelings are all important to the function of literature. In contradiction to music that is concerned with the inwardness of humankind, literature has, because of language, the capacity to create fictional worlds that in many respects are similar to and related to the life world within which we live. One of the most important reasons for our emotional engagement in literature is our empathy with others and our constant imagining and hypothesizing on possible developments in our interactions with them. Hence, we understand and engage ourselves in fictional worlds. It is further claimed and exemplified, how poetic texts are very good at rhetorically engage and manipulate our feelings. Finally, with reference to the important work of Ellen Dissanayake, it is pointed out that the first kind of communication in which we engage, that between mother and infant, is a kind of speech that positively engages the infant in a dialogue with the mother by means of poetic devices.},
  number = {3},
  urldate = {2015-09-25TZ},
  journal = {Integrative Psychological \& Behavioral Science},
  author = {Johansen, Jørgen},
  month = {September},
  year = {2010},
  keywords = {COMMUNICATION, EMOTIONS (Psychology) in literature, Empathy, Feelings, Hypothesis-making, IMAGINATION, Inwardness, LITERATURE, MIMESIS, Music, PREDICTION models, Prediction, SEMIOTICS, evolution},
  pages = {185--196}
}
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