Distressful Empathy: The Case for Terror Management Theory?

Chesnokova, Anna and Springer, Matthias and van Peer, Willie (2015) Distressful Empathy: The Case for Terror Management Theory? In: ''Literature and Empathy'' symposium, July 10th–12th 2015, Göttingen University. The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Abstract

The talk will investigate the extent to which predictions of Terror Management Theory can be corroborated through reading literature. Concerning such emotions, two questions will be raised. First, why is it that people seek out such powerful yet distressing emotions concerning the description and evocation of death? Secondly, what are the effects of being exposed to such literary descriptions evoking distressful empathy, especially whether they can be predicted through the use of Terror Management Theory.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terror Management Theory; mortality salience; empathy; literary texts; catharsis
Subjects: Наукові конференції > Міжнародні
Divisions: Institutes > Humanitarian Institute > Chair of English Philology
Depositing User: Анна Вадимовна Чеснокова
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 11:57
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 11:57
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/11608

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