Jean-François Vernay, The Seduction of Fiction: A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation (New York/ London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), published as part of the Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism Series.
Translated from the French by Dr. Carolyne Lee.
Back cover blurb :
By meshing psychology with literary analysis, this book inspires us to view the reading of fictional works as an emotional and seductive affair between reader and writer. Arguing that current teaching practices have contributed to the current decline in the study of literature, Jean-François Vernay’s plea brings a refreshing perspective by seeking new directions and conceptual tools to highlight the value of literature. Interdisciplinary in focus and relevant to timely discussions of the vitality between emotion and literary studies, particularly within the contexts of psychology, affect studies, and cognitive studies, this book will open up a space in which the formation of our emotions can be openly examined and discussed.
“In seeking to break down the barriers between ‘professional’ and lay readers by means of an integration of the affective and analytic dimensions of reading, Jean-François Vernay has written a provocative, stimulating, and timely critique of current critical orthodoxy.”
John Frow, University of Sydney
“In this short compelling study Jean-François Vernay offers engaging and accessible ruminations on the many ways that emotions inform and enliven works of literature, providing further reasons why we, as ‘professional’ or ‘non-professional’ readers, do and should read such works.”
Peter Lamarque, University of York