Of Heartache and Head Injury: Reading Minds in Persuasion

  title={Of Heartache and Head Injury: Reading Minds in Persuasion},
  author={A. Richardson},
  journal={Poetics Today},
  pages={141 - 160}
The new intellectual climate inaugurated by the cognitive revolution can help elicit neglected contexts for literary historical study, to pose new questions for analysis and reopen old ones. The current challenge to social constructionist accounts of subjectivity, for example, can lead to a fundamentally new reading of Jane Austen's last novel, Persuasion (1818). Austen's was a period when a dominant constructionist psychology—associationism—vied with emergent brain-based, organicist, and… Expand
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