Narrative Gravity: Conversation, Cognition, Culture by Rukmini Bhaya Nair PDF

By Rukmini Bhaya Nair

ISBN-10: 041530735X

ISBN-13: 9780415307352

During this elegantly written and theoretically refined paintings, Rukmini Bhaya Nair asks why humans the world over are such compulsive and artistic storytellers. Extending present study in cognitive technological know-how and narratology, she argues that we appear to have a genetic force to manufacture as a fashion of gaining the aggressive benefits such fictions provide us. She means that tales are a way of fusing causal and logical causes of 'real' occasions with emotional attractiveness, in order that the teachings taught to us as childrens, after which all through our lives through tales, lay the cornerstones of our most vital ideals. Nair's end is that our tales fairly do make us up, simply up to we make up our tales.

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I have called 17This point about the unavailability of logical solutions to our puzzlement about our origins has often been made. See, for example, J. 72, which is also discussed in Chapter 4. I N T RO D U C T I O N : F I R S T C O N V E R S AT I O N A L S T E P S 25 this book Narrative Gravity partly because the phonology as well as the polysemy of the second word in the title seems to resonate well with the overwhelming sense of mortality which narrative drags with it. Gravity, locked in an onomatopoeic tackle with all those other groaning English words—grief, grind, gruesome, grumble, grovel, grunt, growl, grisly, grim, but also, to keep things in proportion, grin.

18Speaking of etymologies, not only is the Sanskrit word ‘guru’ cognate with ‘gravity’, as I have mentioned, but the word ‘narrative’ itself also has its origins in Sanskrit. See, for example, H. Porter Abbott: ‘Hayden White pointed out in his book The Content of the Form that the word “narrative” goes back to the ancient Sanskrit “gna”, a root that means “know” and that it comes to us through Latin words for both “knowing” (“gnarus”) as well as “telling” (“narro”). This etymology catches the two sides of narrative.

This definition is then formalized in terms of displacement sets of clauses and the temporal junctures between these sets, but in order to explain and sustain the formal definition, subsidiary informal functional categories such as ‘Result’ and ‘Evaluation’ need again to be summoned up. It is clear that such a process of formalization can go on as long as further informal categories STRUCTURAL SIMPLICITIES 41 are discovered. Thus it is a moot question whether it would not be more elegant simply to study the functional aspects of narrative, and then incorporate these functions themselves into a format of grammatical rewrite rules, such as for instance the ‘story-grammars’ of the psycholinguists.

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