Effects of Literature on Empathy and Self-Reflection: A Theoretical-Empirical Framework

@article{Koopman2015EffectsOL,
  title={Effects of Literature on Empathy and Self-Reflection: A Theoretical-Empirical Framework},
  author={Eva Maria Koopman and Frank Hakemulder},
  journal={Journal of Literary Theory},
  year={2015},
  volume={9},
  pages={111 - 79}
}
Abstract Various scholars have made claims about literature’s potential to evoke empathy and self-reflection, which would eventually lead to more pro-social behavior. But is it indeed the case that a seemingly idle pass-time activity like literary reading can do all that? And if so, how can we explain such an influence? Would the effects be particular to unique literary text qualities or to other aspects that literary texts share with other genres (e. g., narrativity)? Empirical research is… CONTINUE READING

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