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ANNE BRONTë AND THE USES OF IMAGINATION

Gregory Currie

in Arts and Minds

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199256280
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601712 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256284.003.0010
ANNE BRONTë AND THE USES OF IMAGINATION

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We need to distinguish between the claim that engagement with a fiction requires imagination, and the claim that such engagement requires empathetic identification with characters. Argues that the first claim is certainly true. What of the second? Some criticism of it is valid; there are occasions on which we engage with a fiction perfectly well without empathising. Still, empathy is important for engaging with some parts of some fictions; The author illustrates this with Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Windfell Hall.

Keywords: Anne Brontë; emotion; empathy; imagination; simulation

Chapter.  6333 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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