Art must move: emotion and the biology of beauty
Author: Baars, B.J.
Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 6, Numbers 6-7, 1999 , pp. 59-61(3)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Abstract:[opening paragraph]: Ramachandran and Hirstein claim that ‘peak shift', or exaggeration of salient features, ‘explains not only caricatures but all art.’ I would like to test the peak shift hypothesis in a case that at first glance seems to support it. Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac is the tragicomic tale of a grand poetic wit of Paris in the 17th. century, a noble fighter and master of fencing who loves with all his heart, but feels he is unlovable for one very prominent reason: his wondrously prognathous nose. When a challenger pokes fun at Cyrano's most notable facial feature, the latter contemptuously provides a lesson in satiric exaggeration:
Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, USA.
Publication date: 1999-01-01