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Experiencing literature – learning from experience: the application of neuroscience to literary analysis by example of representations of German colonialism in Uwe Timm’s Morenga

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dc.contributor.supervisor Jaeger, Stephan (German and Slavic Studies) en_US
dc.contributor.author Allen, Heather
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-08T20:54:34Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-08T20:54:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4862
dc.description.abstract Is it probable that a reader can have an empathetic and learning experience of an historical event facilitated through text? Research in neuroscience indicates that the form of a text can trigger mirror neurons, enhancing empathy with the events and characters portrayed and enabling introspective learning through stimulation of the default state network in a reading brain. Narrative elements in historical and fictional literature are analyzed for their potential in facilitating the stimulation of these states. The historical fiction novel Morenga by Uwe Timm is analyzed in order to deduce what a reader neurologically experiences in relation to the text and the historical event portrayed in the novel during the reading process. The probability of the reader experiencing empathy and learning through text so that their perspectives on inter-textual and extra-textual similar events are affected is then developed. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Literature en_US
dc.subject German en_US
dc.subject Neuroscience en_US
dc.subject Genocide en_US
dc.subject Herero en_US
dc.subject Nama en_US
dc.subject Morenga en_US
dc.subject Mirror Neurons en_US
dc.subject Uwe Timm en_US
dc.subject Default State Networks en_US
dc.subject Context Nets en_US
dc.subject Learning from History en_US
dc.title Experiencing literature – learning from experience: the application of neuroscience to literary analysis by example of representations of German colonialism in Uwe Timm’s Morenga en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.type master thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline German and Slavic Studies en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Dueck, Cheryl (German and Slavic Studies) Muller, Adam (English, Film, and Theatre) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2011 en_US


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