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The storytelling animal : how stories make us human / Jonathan Gottschall

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Material Type
Book
Author
Gottschall, Jonathan.
Publication Info.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012]
Publication Info.
©2012

Details

Description
xvii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [203]-230) and index.
Contents
The witchery of story -- The riddle of fiction -- Hell is story-friendly -- Night story -- The mind is a storyteller -- The moral of the story -- Ink people change the world -- Life stories -- The future of story.
Summary
Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It's easy to say that humans are "wired" for story, but why? In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life's complex social problems just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival.
Subject
Storytelling.
Literature and science.
ISBN
9780547391403
0547391404