Emotions across Cultures and Languages

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Literature is embedded in the particular, yet it also evokes «big» emotions. Our research investigates the tensions between states of feeling and levels of involvedness.

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Camilla Chams approaches attachment as a synonym for love, liking, affiliation. Attachment has recently been launched as a keyword for the humanities and for literary studies (Felski, 2008, 2015). In psychology, however, attachment is a more complex form of human relationship involving both cognitive and emotional development, and physical survival (Bowlby, 1979).

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Olivia Da Costa Fialho in her project develops the phenomenology, preconditions and underlying processes of how literary narrative fiction deepens and changes perceptions of self and others.

We say that literature can change your life. But is this statement supported by scientific evidence?