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Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues between Literature and Cognition (Cognition and Poetics)

Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues between Literature and Cognition (Cognition and Poetics)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780190496869
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Release Date: Dec 29, 2016
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.0 x 0.0 x 0.0 inches

Overview

This book brings together researchers with cognitive-scientific and literary backgrounds to present innovative research in all three variations on the possible interactions between literary studies and cognitive science. The tripartite structure of the volume reflects a more ambitious conception of what cognitive approaches to literature are and could be than is usually encountered, and thus aims both to map out and to advance the field. The first section corresponds to what most people think of as "cognitive poetics" or "cognitive literary studies": the study of literature by literary scholars drawing on cognitive-scientific methods, findings, and/or debates to yield insights into literature. The second section demonstrates that literary scholars needn't only make use of cognitive science to study literature, but can also, in a reciprocally interdisciplinary manner, use a cognitively informed perspective on literature to offer benefits back to the cognitive sciences. Finally, the third section, "literature in cognitive science", showcases some of the ways in which literature can be a stimulating object of study and a fertile testing ground for theories and models, not only to literary scholars but also to cognitive scientists, who here engage with some key questions in cognitive literary studies with the benefit of their in-depth scientific knowledge and training.

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