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Author Austin, Michael, 1966-

Title Useful fictions [electronic resource] : evolution, anxiety, and the origins of literature / Michael Austin.

Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 171 pages) : illustrations.
Series Frontiers of narrative
Frontiers of narrative.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Scheherazade's stories and Pangloss's nose -- Stories for thinking -- The influence of anxiety -- Information anxiety -- The problem of other people -- Sex, lies, and phenotypes -- Deceiving ourselves and others.
Summary "We tell ourselves stories in order to live," Joan Didion observed in The White Album. Why is this? Michael Austin asks, in Useful Fictions. Why, in particular, are human beings, whose very survival depends on obtaining true information, so drawn to fictional narratives? After all, virtually every human culture reveres some form of storytelling. Might there be an evolutionary reason behind our species' need for stories?
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Subject Fiction -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Fiction -- Psychological aspects.
Fiction -- Appreciation.
Evolution in literature.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Austin, Michael, 1966- Useful fictions. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2010 (DLC) 2010001424
ISBN 0803232977 (electronic bk.)
9780803232976 (electronic bk.)
9780803230262 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0803230265 (cloth ; alk. paper)