String of Signs

Narrative

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 5:45 am

Is there any neuroscientists who study narrative?  Or is there a discipline of neuroscientific literary theory, because a few things lately have peaked my interest.  The historical accounts of A Farewell to Alms and Against the Tide, both try to avoid narrative and people’s actions as specific causes to inevitable outcomes.  More to say on that later.\

Also just watched a movie Australia, and at the scene where there is a herd of cows about to stampede over a cliff, pushing a boy to his death, he is able to stop them by singing/magic/whatever.  It is equal parts predictable:unbelievable.  At the time , I wondered what the film would be like if they had just trampled the boy off the cliff. Kind of sick, but would it have become a tarantino film, or what?  In No Country for Old Men the director’s do mess with your expectations a bit, by ending the action, a bit early and distal,  the climax is delayed and dispersed, and the conclusion, resolves into a mystery that you’re resigned to accept. It  isn’t really a pat narrative but it’s similar to real life stories.

And how does narrative affect justice: in The Prestige, you switch from character to character, deals with what information they have, and at the end the killing, has to be somewhat justified. What makes a conclusion to a story seem good and right.  Why does that balance come in?

update

Apparently there is something called  “Cognitive Literary Criticim”

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