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Keen Publishes on Emotion, Cognition in 21st Century Fiction


Suzanne Keen
Suzanne Keen

New Approaches to the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) contains a chapter by Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen titled "Twenty-First Century Experiments with Emotion and Cognition."  The book is edited by Sibylle Baumbach and Birgit Newman.

Contemporary fiction that invites fusions of feeling and meetings of minds reveals that the centuries-old ethical project of the English novel receives refreshing attention from 21st century novelists who choose strategically to deploy narrative empathy. She discusses work that invites readers to get out of this world into an imaginary one, enlarging their own humanity through a refreshing escape from reality.

The chapter makes reference to a wide range of recent fiction in English, culminating in a reading of Patrick Rothfuss's novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things (2014). 

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