Conceptual mathematics and literature: toward a deep reading of texts and minds

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The old practices of interpretation have been exhausted, and the humanities and social sciences are facing a crisis. Is there a way out of the labyrinth of reading? In this book, Professor Neuman presents a challenging approach to interpreting texts and reading literature through the spectacles of conceptual mathematics. This approach strives to avoid the simplicity of a quantitative approach to the analysis of literature as well as both the relativistic and the ideological dangers facing a qualitative reading of a text. The approach is introduced in a rigorous and accessible manner and woven with insights gained from various fields. Taking us on a challenging journey from Ovid’s Metamorphoses to Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro, the book shows how we may gain a deeper understanding of literature and the aesthetic experience of reading.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-44237-5
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Mathematics in the Arts and Humanities

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Reading -- Psychological aspects
  • Reading, Psychology of


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