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On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction
by Brian Boyd
Harvard University Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-674-03357-3 | eISBN: 978-0-674-05359-5
Library of Congress Classification PN3451.B68 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.3

Brian Boyd explains why we tell stories and how our minds are shaped to understand them. After considering art as adaptation, Boyd examines Homer's Odyssey and Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! demonstrating how an evolutionary lens can offer new understanding and appreciation of specific works. Published for the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species, Boyd's study embraces a Darwinian view of human nature and art, and offers a credo for a new humanism.

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