The Seduction of Fiction

A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation

  • Jean-François Vernay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


By meshing psychology with literary analysis, this book inspires us to view the reading of fictional works as an emotional and seductive affair between reader and writer. Arguing that current teaching practices have contributed to the current decline in the study of literature, Jean-François Vernay’s plea brings a refreshing perspective by seeking new directions and conceptual tools to highlight the value of literature. Interdisciplinary in focus and relevant to timely discussions of the vitality between emotion and literary studies, particularly within the contexts of psychology, affect studies, and cognitive studies, this book will open up a space in which the formation of our emotions can be openly examined and discussed.

Jean-François Vernay has published extensively in the field of Literary Studies both in French and in English. His books, Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch andA Brief Take on the Australian Novel, focus on Australian fiction.

Carolyne Lee is a Senior Fellow in the School of Culture & Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has published four books, the latest being Our Very Own Adventure.


Literary Interpretation Psychoanalysis Emotion Theory Affect

Authors and affiliations

  • Jean-François Vernay
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  1. 1.NoumeaNew Caledonia

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