Einat Natalie Palkovich, Lecturer at NYU Shanghai’s Language Center recommends Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel by Lisa Zunshine.
“Lisa Zunshine’s book came out just as I was settling in to begin writing my PhD. I had done an enormous amount of research for my thesis , but had not come across anyone doing Cognitive Poetic criticism who was applying it in ways that I had hoped to be doing. Thus, to be honest, when I first encountered Zunshine's book it threw me for a loop. I felt like I had to revise my entire thesis because all I had wanted to say had been ‘said before’ and then I gradually realized the ways in which my theory could be improved and all that I could yet learn. Thus, a book that at first felt like the end of the world, became the front door to the rest of my life.”