Dr. Angus Fletcher gives talk on "Wonderworks” book
Project Narrative and Film Studies faculty member Dr. Angus Fletcher gave a virtual talk on February 12th to present “Wonderworks: How Narratives and Narrative Theory Can Solve Our Greatest Problems -- and Unlock Our Greater Possibilities” based on his forthcoming book Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature (Simon & Schuster, 2021).
Professor Fletcher discussed his Wonderworks, which draws on neuroscience, experimental psychology, and narrative theory to identify twenty-five global literary inventions (spanning from Bronze Age Mesopotamia to Iron Age India, Zhou Dynasty China, Aztec Mesoamerica, Classical Athens, Medieval Ghana, Renaissance England, Antebellum America, and your favorite guilty-watch on Hulu) that can plug into our brain to alleviate trauma (both acute and chronic), increase problem-solving prowess, enhance creativity, mimic the anti-depressant effects of LSD, boost mental energy, spark love, encourage empathy, and nurture mental health and wellbeing in dozens more ways.
Fletcher says, "In our STEM-mad age, we’ve become intimately familiar with the wondrous powers of cell phones, social media, and other gadgetries. Yet what if we humans possessed an even more potent technology, one better than any steel-or-silicon apparatus at giving us the things we most deeply want and need? What if that technology was contained in the dusty old libraries of the humanities? And what if the way to access its empowering blueprints had been discovered by an underfunded gang of renegade scholars who called themselves the ‘Narrative Theorists’?"
Read more about Wonderworks here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Wonderworks/Angus-Fletcher/9781982135973