Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind: Toward a Transdisciplinary Approach

Centre for Medical Humanities Blog

David Herman writes: I feel very fortunate indeed to be joining the Department of English Studies at Durham University, which is chock full of brilliant scholars doing cutting-edge research and teaching. Equally pathbreaking work is being done under the auspices of Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities, so I am doubly honored to have this opportunity to introduce myself to the blog’s readership. My thought was that the best strategy for self-introduction might be to provide a précis of my new book on Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind, forthcoming from MIT Press in July 2013.

This book explores two key questions: How do stories across media interlock with interpreters’ mental capacities and dispositions, thus giving rise to narrative experiences? And how (to what extent, in what specific ways) does narrative scaffold efforts to make sense of experience itself? At the same time, in investigating the mental states and…

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