Podcast: "Literature, Cognition and Emotions"

Join the LCE podcast for a series of conversations on how literature shapes our thoughts and feelings.

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Literature shapes our thoughts and feelings. But how do signs on a page have an effect on our minds? And why does fiction sometimes feel more real than the world around us? Members from the Literature, Cognition and Emotions group discuss their research with Karin Kukkonen.

Podcast production: Vera Syrovatskaya. Sound engineer: Joakim Magnus Taraldsen (USIT). Original jingle composition: Jonas Meyer.

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  • 2. Halvor Eifring: The Power of the Wandering Mind
    Jan. 14, 2021

    Halvor Eifring, Professor of Chinese studies at the University of Oslo, joins Karin Kukkonen in a conversation about what mind-wandering and non-directive meditation have in common with literary reading. Learn more about the meditative dimension of long Chinese novels, and find out how to resist «weapons of mass distraction» in the modern world.

    The reading recommendation from Halvor Eifring:

    Cao Xueqin and Gao E, The Story of the Stone . London: Penguin, 1986.

    Halvor Eifring's latest book: The Power of the Wandering Mind . Oslo: Dyade Press, 2019.

  • 1. Reiko Abe Auestad: Emotions and Affect in Japanese Literature
    Dec. 14, 2020

    Do one feel differently in Japanese novels? When Western novels came to Japan, they brought with them new ways for telling about the self and new models of feeling. Reiko Abe Auestad, professor of Japanese studies, talks to Karin Kukkonen about this culture clash of emotions and affect. Reiko’s reading recommendations offer good reads that last at least until Christmas, including:

    Natsume Soseki, Kokoro (trans. Ika Kaminka). Oslo: Solum Bokvennen, 2004.

    Natsume Soseki, The Three-Cornered World (trans. Alan Turney). London: Peter Owen Publishers, 2011.

    Shikibu Murasaki, The Tale of Genji (trans. Dennis Washburn). New York: Norton, 2015.

    Kaori Ekuni, Twinkle, Twinkle (trans. Emi Shimokawa). New York: Vertical Inc., 2003

    Ryunosuke Akutagawa, "In a Bamboo Grove," in Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (trans. Jay Rubin). London: Penguin Books Ltd, 2009.

    Haruki Murakami, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (trans. Jay Rubin). SD Books, 2012.

    Kawakami Mieko, Pupper og Egg (trans. Magne Tørring). Oslo: Solum Bokvennen, 2013.

  • Welcome to Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE) Podcast
    Dec. 11, 2020

    In "Literature, Cognition and Emotions" podcast, Karin Kukkonen discusses topics on the edge of literature and psychology with colleagues from the LCE group. In the coming month you can hear how literature leads to new ways of feeling and new ways of conceiving the self, as the first episodes of our podcast will take you to Japan, China and the Balkans.


Published Dec. 11, 2020 11:07 AM - Last modified Jan. 18, 2021 5:17 PM