How Do I Know Thee?

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Publication Date
June 2015
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How Do I Know Thee?

Theatrical and Narrative Cognition in Seventeenth-Century France
Richard E. Goodkin

The classical period in France presents a particularly lively battleground for the tran-sition between oral-visual culture, on the one hand, and print culture on the other. The former depended on learning from sources of knowledge directly, in their pres-ence, in a manner analogous to theatrical experience. The latter became characterized by the distance and abstraction of reading. How Do I Know Thee? explores the ways in which literature, philosophy, and psy-chology approach social cognition, or how we come to know others. Richard E. Goodkin describes a central opposition between what he calls “theatrical cognition” and “narrative cognition,” drawing both on scholarship on literary genre and mode, and also on the work of a number of philosophers and psychologists, in particular Descartes’s theory of cognition, Freudian psychoanalysis, mid‑twentieth‑century be-haviorism, and the field of cognitive science. The result is a study that will be of inter-est not only to students of the classical period but also to those in the corresponding disciplines.

About the Author

RICHARD E. GOODKIN is a professor of French at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Birth Marks: The Tragedy of Primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine (2000) and Les magnifiques mensonges de Madeleine Béjart (2013), a historical novel about the mistress and collaborator of Molière.