Oct 4, 2013 — Reading literary fiction improves people's ability to recognize other people's mental states, while popular fiction and nonfiction do not, a study says. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.
Oct 9, 2012 — Could modern cognitive theories explain character development in one of Jane Austen's most famous heroines: Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett? Reading sessions inside an MRI scanner are shedding light on the question.
Sep 20, 2012 — What are scuppernongs? Scout's meal in To Kill a Mockingbird is just one of many re-created and captured by Dinah Fried.
Jun 7, 2011 — Jessica Francis Kane studied the Bethnal Green tube station disaster, then spent years writing a novel centered around the day's horrific events. It's forced her to consider the line between historical and fiction.
Jul 8, 2010 — Atticus Finch, the most ethical lawyer in fiction. áBut maybe that's not saying much?