Mind Over Genre

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Over at Lit Hub, Jennifer R. Bernstein confronts the disciplinary rift that has grown between psychology and literature to show how the two are linked, even nested inside one another in our studies of self and pain:

For these authors were writing literature of a kind; you could hear it in the music of their prose and their command of figurative language. They were telling stories of loneliness and connection not unlike those I’d read in the bread-and-butter standards of my English education. And their concerns were literary, which is to say they were interested in the same vital questions about the human condition that philosophers and novelists have asked for millennia.


Theodora Messalas is a New York-based writer and editor who could easily be talked into going to grad school. More from this author →