The old practices of interpretation have been exhausted, and the humanities and social sciences are facing a crisis. Is there a way out of the labyrinth of reading? In this book, Professor Neuman presents a challenging approach to interpreting texts and reading literature through the spectacles of conceptual mathematics. This approach strives to avoid the simplicity of a quantitative approach to the analysis of literature as well as both the relativistic and the ideological dangers facing a qualitative reading of a text. The approach is introduced in a rigorous and accessible manner and woven with insights gained from various fields. Taking us on a challenging journey from Ovid’s
Metamorphoses to Nick Cave’s
The Death of Bunny Munro, the book shows how we may gain a deeper understanding of literature and the aesthetic experience of reading.
Yair Neuman (b. 1968) is the author of numerous papers and six academic books. He has been a visiting professor at various universities, such as Oxford, Toronto and MIT, and holds a full professorship at the Department of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
"Conceptual Mathematics and Literature employs an interdisciplinary mathematical approach that is a uniquely insightful interpretive analysis of literary works. It offers novel ways of comprehending previously unnoticed underlying patterns of meaning. Numerous figures illustrate and reinforce the author’s brilliant and illuminating mode of critical inquiry."
Frank Nuessel, Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics, University Scholar at the University of Louisville
Academics and students, interested in mathematics and literature.