The Passionate Muse: Exploring Emotion in Stories

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The Passionate Muse: Exploring Emotion in Stories

Keith Oatley knows emotion — after all, he wrote Emotions: A Brief History, arguably the definitive contemporary work on what the young folks call “feels” — and in this ingenious volume, he presents a short story with the flavor of Al Stewart’s epic “Year of the Cat,” interspersed with commentary on the emotional reactions the story is intended to evoke. For those who are persuaded that it’s all about the narrative, be it descriptive or desiccated, The Passionate Muse will suggest that the heart is at least as good a reader as the brain, and a lot harder to fool.