By M. Winkleman, Michael A. Winkelman

ISBN-10: 1137348747

ISBN-13: 9781137348746

ISBN-10: 1349455946

ISBN-13: 9781349455942

Investigations into how the mind really works have resulted in impressive discoveries and those findings hold profound implications for examining literature. This research applies fresh breakthroughs from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to be able to deepen our knowing of John Donne's Songs and Sonnets.

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Consequently, Hamlet’s and Satan’s recollections of happier states have, in a way, compelled their inward turn where more blissful, contented folk need not delve into painful soul-searching to such a degree. 254–56). ”36 Hamlet and Satan speak for us all: they vividly capture subjectivity. I believe these metacognitive reflections are important in getting at a fundamental part of our shared humanity; understanding imaginative OF ME TAP HORS AND MINDSCAPES 33 literature and each other is based on mutual recognition of such mindscapes.

Savvy social players do learn to crack a code, to evaluate bodily signs with the utmost care and discrimination. Judging a woman’s thoughts by her tears is generally not such a bad idea; we are bred and raised to do so. 76–86). 34 In other words, the central nervous system (“the sinewie thread my braine lets fall / Through every part”) has proportionally more afferent nerve cells dedicated to detecting and processing input from these three organs (Fun, 9–10; Penfield’s homunculus graphically shows this).

In this, we should be aware of the similarities rather than differences in how brains operate. 32 32 A C O G NIT IVE AP P ROACH TO SONGS AND S ONNETS Donne calls up this trope in the verse letter to Wotton quoted above, in the guise of advising his friend to avoid the temptations of court and other dens of iniquity: Be thou thine owne home, and in thy selfe dwell; Inne any where, continuance maketh hell. And seeing the snaile, which every where doth rome, Carrying his owne house still, still is at home.

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