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Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies

edited by Lisa Zunshine

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Drawing on the explosion of academic and public interest in cognitive science in the past two decades, this volume features articles that combine literary and cultural analysis with insights from neuroscience, cognitive evolutionary psychology and anthropology, and cognitive linguistics. Lisa Zunshine’s introduction provides a broad overview of the field. The essays that follow are organized into four parts that explore developments in literary universals, cognitive historicism, cognitive narratology, and cognitive approaches in dialogue with other theoretical approaches, such as postcolonial…

Drawing on the explosion of academic and public interest in cognitive science in the past two decades, this volume features articles that combine literary and cultural analysis with insights from neuroscience, cognitive evolutionary psychology and anthropology, and cognitive linguistics. Lisa Zunshine’s introduction provides a broad overview of the field. The essays that follow are organized into four parts that explore developments in literary universals, cognitive historicism, cognitive narratology, and cognitive approaches in dialogue with other theoretical approaches, such as postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, aesthetics, and poststructuralism.

Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies provides readers with grounding in several major areas of cognitive science, applies insights from cognitive science to cultural representations, and recognizes the cognitive approach’s commitment to seeking common ground with existing literary-theoretical paradigms.

This book is ideal for graduate courses and seminars devoted to cognitive approaches to cultural studies and literary criticism.

Contributors: Mary Thomas Crane, Nancy Easterlin, David Herman, Patrick Colm Hogan, Bruce McConachie, Alan Palmer, Alan Richardson, Ellen Spolsky, G. Gabrielle Starr, Blakey Vermeule, Lisa Zunshine

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An interesting exploration of the relationship between human cognition and cultural criticism that can enrich scholars in both cultural studies and cognitive psychology.

This book decisively marks the entrance of cognitive science into the mainstream literary and cultural studies, offering the reader a daunting panorama of conceptual interbreeding.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Is Cognitive Cultural Studies?
Part I: Literary Universals
Chapter 1. Literary Universals
Part II: Cognitive Historicism
Chapter 2. Facial Expression Theory from

Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Is Cognitive Cultural Studies?
Part I: Literary Universals
Chapter 1. Literary Universals
Part II: Cognitive Historicism
Chapter 2. Facial Expression Theory from Romanticism to the Present
Chapter 3. making "Quite Anew": Brain Modularity and Creativity
Chapter 4. Analogy, Metaphor, and the New Science: Cognitice Science and Early Modern Epistemology
Chapter 5. Lying Bodies of the Enlightenment: Theory of Mind and Cltural Historicism
Chapter 6. Toward a Cognitive Cultural Hegemony
Part III: Cognitive Narratology
Chapter 7. Narrative Theory after the Second Cognitive Revolution
Chapter 8. Storyworlds and Groups
Chapter 9. Theory of Mind and Experimental representations
Chapter 10. Machiavellian Narratives
Part IV: Cognitive Approaches in Dialogue with Other Approaches (Postcolonial Studies, Ecocriticism, Aesthetics, Poststructuralism)
Chapter 11. On Bring Moved: Cognition and Emotion in Literature and Film
Chapter 12. Cognitive Ecocriticism: Human Wayfinding, Sociality, and Literary Interpretation
Chapter 13. Multisensory Imagery
Chapter 14. Darwin and Derrida: Cognitive Literary Theory as a Species or Post-structuralism
Notes
Works Cited
List of Contributors
Index

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Lisa Zunshine
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Lisa Zunshine

Lisa Zunshine is Bush-Holbrook Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She is the author and editor of ten books, including Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative and Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies, both also published by Johns Hopkins. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher...