The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies considers, via a variety of methodologies and combinations of interdisciplinary approaches, how the architecture that enables human cognitive processing interacts with cultural and historical contexts. Organized into five parts (Narrative, History, Imagination; Emotions and Empathy; The New Unconscious; Empirical and Qualitative Studies of Literature; and Cognitive Theory and Literary Experience), the volume uses case studies from a wide range of historical periods (from the fourth century BCE to the twenty-first century) and national literary traditions (including South Asian, postcolonial anglophone and francophone, Chinese, Japanese, English, Iranian, Russian, Italian, French, German, and Spanish).
About the Author
Lisa Zunshine is Bush-Holbrook Professor of English at the University of Kentucky. She is the author or editor of ten books, including Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel (Ohio State UP, 2006), Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2008), Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010) and Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us About Popular Culture (Johns Hopkins UP, forthcoming in 2012).
Table of Contents
Lisa Zunshine, "Introduction to Cognitive Literary Studies"
Part I: Narrative, History, Imagination
1. Mary Thomas Crane, "Cognitive Historicism: Intuition in Early Modern Thought"
2. Ellen Spolsky, "The Biology of Failure, the Forms of Rage, and the Equity of Revenge"
3. Natalie M. Phillips, "Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind: An Interdisciplinary fMRI Study of Attention and Jane Austen"
4. Peter Rabinowitz, "Toward a Narratology of Cognitive Flavor"
5. H. Porter Abbott, "How Do We Read What Isn't There to Be Read? Shadow Stories and Permanent Gaps"
6. James Phelan, "Rhetorical Theory, Cognitive Theory, and Morrison's 'Recitatif': From Parallel Play to Productive Collaboration"
7. Alan Palmer, "Listen to the Stories!:" Narrative, Cognition and Country and Western Music"
8. Monika Fludernik, "Blending in Cartoons: The Production of Comedy"
9. Lisa Zunshine, "From the Social to the Literary: Approaching Cao Xueqin's The Story of the Stone from a Cognitive Perspective"
Cognitive Queer Theory
10. J. Keith Vincent, "Sex on the Mind: Queer Theory Meets Cognitive Theory"
11. Alan Richardson, "Imagination: Literary and Cognitive Intersections"
12. Gabrielle Starr, "Theorizing Imagery, Aesthetics and Doubly-Directed States"
Part II: Emotions and Empathy
Emotions in Literature, Film, and Theater
13. Patrick Colm Hogan, "What Literature Teaches Us About Emotion: Synthesizing Affective Science and Literary Study"
14. Carl Plantinga, "Facing Others: Close-ups of Faces in Narrative Film and in The Silence of the Lambs"
15. No l Carroll, "Theater and the Emotion"
Cognitive Postcolonial Studies
16. Patrick Colm Hogan, "The Psychology of Colonialism and Postcolonialism: Cognitive Approaches to Identity and Empathy"
17. Suzanne Keen, "Human Rights Discourse and Universals of Cognition and Emotion: Postcolonial Fiction"
Decision Theory and Fiction
18. William Flesch, "Reading and Bargaining"
Cognitive Disability Studies
19. Ralph James Savarese, "What Some Autistics Can Teach Us About Poetry: A Neurocosmopolitan Approach"
20. Margrethe Bruun Vaage, "On the Repulsive Rapist, and the Difference Between Morality in Fiction and Real Life"
21. Fritz Alwin Breithaupt, "Empathic Sadism. How Readers Get Implicated"
Part III: The New Unconscious
22. Blakey Vermeule, "The New Unconscious: A Literary Guided Tour"
23. Jeff Smith, "Filmmakers as Folk Psychologists: How Filmmakers Exploit Cognitive Biases as an Aspect of Film Narration, Characterization and Spectatorship"
Part IV: Empirical and Qualitative Studies of Literature
24. Laura Otis, "The Value of Qualitative Research for Cognitive Literary Studies"
25. Marisa Bortolussi and Peter Dixon, "Revisiting the Metaphor of 'Transportation'"
26. Peter Dixon and Marisa Bortolusi, "Fluctuation in Literary Reading: The Neglected Dimension of Time"
Part V: Cognitive Theory and Literary Experience
27. Joshua Landy, "Mental Calisthenics and Self-Reflexive Fiction"
28. Elaine Auyoung, "Rethinking the Reality Effect: Detail and the Novel"
29. Mark Bruhn, "Time as Space in the Structure of (Literary) Experience: The Prelude"
30. Nancy Easterlin, "Thick Context: Novelty in Cognition and Literature"