Reviewers have compared Keith Oatley's pure, spare prose with that of A.S. Byatt and Umberto Eco. In Therefore Choose, his intimately rendered characters draw us irrevocably into their quest for meaning, hope, and understanding in a world diving headlong into chaos. Yet for Oatley, creative expression is as much an object of study as it is an everyday practice. A University of Toronto professor emeritus of cognitive psychology, Oatley has long been
fascinated by the way human beings communicate ideas and feelings. His first novel, The Case of Emily V, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His second novel, A Natural History, drew critical acclaim from all quarters. Oatley is also a heavyweight in the field of psychology, and has published seven books on the psychology of emotions. The most recent are
Emotions: A Brief History, translated into Serbian and Italian, and Understanding Emotions.
Oatley currently teaches a course on creativity for Humber College in Toronto.
Keith Oatley's Website
Thursday, October 21 2010 @ 6:30
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