Review by Choice Review
Published in the "Frontiers of Narrative" series, this book has been appraised by others as a worthwhile contribution to the field, albeit one with "occasional inconsistencies" and "broad generalizations" (Searle-White, H-Net, 2010). Hogan (Univ. of Connecticut) makes the ambitious attempt to link emotion to prototypical story patterns cross-culturally. Earlier versions of some parts of the book have appeared in scholarly journals. Hogan interprets novels, plays, and oral epics across millennia, continents, and cultures to show the part universally experienced emotions play in the development of powerful, lasting narratives. Chapters look at subjects ranging from emotion as it functions within stories to the role of emotion in prototypical narrative genres and in minor genres with less widespread appeal. In the afterword, the author makes a case for narrative's ability to create empathy for out-groups. Inevitably, generalization invites exception, but Hogan advances scholarship on how emotion generates narratives and causes them to endure. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through faculty. C. E. O'Neill New Mexico State University at Alamogordo
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