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Gottschall, Jonathan

Works: 13 works in 100 publications in 7 languages and 3,782 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works about Jonathan Gottschall
Most widely held works by Jonathan Gottschall
The storytelling animal : how stories make us human by Jonathan Gottschall( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Undiscovered and unmapped country. It's easy to say that humans are "wired" for story, but why? In this book, the author offers a 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. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, he tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? That all children act out the same kinds of stories, whether they grow up in a slum or a suburb? That people who read more fiction are more empathetic? Of course, our story instinct has a darker side. It makes us vulnerable to conspiracy theories, advertisements, and narratives about ourselves that are more "truthy" than true. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Hitler's ambitions were partly fueled by a story. But as is shown in this book, stories can also change the world for the better. Most successful stories are moral; they teach us how to live, whether explicitly or implicitly, and bind us together around common values. We know we are master shapers of story. This book finally reveals how stories shape us."--Jacket
The literary animal : evolution and the nature of narrative( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The goal of this book is to overcome some of the widespread misunderstandings about the meaning of a Darwinian approach to the human mind generally, and literature specifically
The rape of Troy : evolution, violence, and the world of Homer by Jonathan Gottschall( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Homer's epics reflect an eighth-century BCE world of warrior tribes that were fractured by constant strife; aside from its fantastic scale, nothing is exceptional about Troy's conquest by the Greeks. The author analyses Homeric conflict from the perspective of modern evolutionary biology, attributing its intensity to a shortage of available young women. The warrior practice of taking enemy women as slaves and concubines meant that women were concentrated in the households of powerful men. In turn, this shortage drove men to compete fiercely over women: almost all the main conflicts of the Iliad and Odyssey can be traced back to disputes over women."--Global Books in Print
Literature, science, and a new humanities by Jonathan Gottschall( Book )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary studies are at a tipping point. There is broad agreement that the discipline is in "crisis"--That it is aimless, that its intellectual energy is spent, that all of the trends are bad, and that fundamental change will be required to set things right. But there is little agreement on what those changes should be, and no one can predict which way things will ultimately tip. Literature, Science, and a New Humanities represents a bold new response to the crisis in academic literary studies. This book presents a total challenge to dominant paradigms of literary analysis and offers a sweeping critique of those paradigms, and sketches outlines of a new paradigm inspired by scientific theories, methods, and attitudes
Evolution, literature, and film : a reader( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Featuring thirty-nine essential essays by pioneering scholars, scientists, and critics, "Evolution, Literature, and Film" opens with an introduction to the principles of evolution, with essays from Charles Darwin on the logic of natural selection, Richard Dawkins on the genetic revolution of modern evolutionary theory, Edward O. Wilson on the unity of knowledge, Steven Pinker on the transformation of psychology into an explanatory science, and David Sloan Wilson on the integration of evolutionary theory into cultural critique. Later sections include essays on the adaptive function of the arts, discussions of evolutionary literary theory and film theory, interpretive commentaries on specific works of literature and film, and analyses using empirical methods to explore literary problems." --Publisher description
The storytelling animal : how stories make us human by Jonathan Gottschall( Recording )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Gottschall explores why we tell stories and what stories reveal about human nature, in this original and insightful book
The professor in the cage : why men fight and why we like to watch by Jonathan Gottschall( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan de hand van zijn eigen ervaringen met vechtsport vertelt de auteur over martial arts en de verschillen tussen mannen en vrouwen
Beyond belief : Enlightenment 2.0( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As you watch the conversation in Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0, it might help to know about one of the sources that was helpful to me in formulating the agenda, assembling the cast of characters, and setting the tone for the meeting. I quoted this passage from Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century by Jonathan Glover (who directs the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College, London): "Now we tend to see the Enlightenment view of human psychology as thin and mechanical, and Enlightenment hopes of social progress through the spread of humanitarianism and the scientific outlook as naive ... One of this book's aims is to replace the thin, mechanical psychology of the Enlightenment with something more complex, something closer to reality ... another aim of the book is to defend the Enlightenment hope of a world that is more peaceful and humane, the hope that by understanding more about ourselves we can do something to create a world with less misery. I have qualified optimism that this hope is well founded ..." I say Amen to that. If Enlightenment 1.0 took a thin and mechanical view of human nature and psychology, I think Enlightenment 2.0 can offer a much 'thicker' and cognitively richer account - less naive and also, perhaps, less hubristic. If there's one thing we've learned - particularly from cognitive neuroscience - it is that we need to have some strategic humility about the hobby horses we are inclined to ride".--Website
Graphing Jane Austen : the evolutionary basis of literary meaning by Joseph Carroll( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book helps to bridge the gap between science and literary scholarship. Building on findings in the evolutionary human sciences, the authors construct a model of human nature in order to illuminate the evolved psychology that shapes the organization of characters in nineteenth-century British novels, from Jane Austen to E.M. Forster
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1 edition published in 2014 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Quantitative literary study : a modest manifesto and testing the hypotheses of feminist fairy tale studies by Jonathan Gottschall( )

in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Graphing Jane Austen : palaeolithic politics in British novles of the nineteenth century by Joseph Carroll( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The literary animal : evolution and the nature of narrative
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جاناتان گاتشال نظریه‌پرداز ادبی آمریکایی

갓셜, 조너선

The rape of Troy : evolution, violence, and the world of HomerLiterature, science, and a new humanitiesEvolution, literature, and film : a reader