• Cognitive Poetics

    Author(s):
    Ellen Spolsky (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    LSL Linguistics and Literature, TC Cognitive and Affect Studies, TM Language Theory, TM Literary Criticism
    Subject(s):
    Literary theory, Embodiment, Play
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    social contracts, literary genres, predictive processing hypothesis
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/45xg-rv16
    Abstract:
    In her introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, Lisa Zunshine, scholar in the field and its best historian, describes cognitive literary critics as working “not toward consilience with science but toward a richer engagement with a variety of theoretical paradigms in literary and cultural studies" (2015). Scholars from most traditional humanities fields: philosophers (both analytical and phenomenological and philosophers of mind and of language), cultural, literary, and art historians, literary critics and linguists, for example, and social scientists as well (anthropologists, archaeologists, and ethologists), have found the various fields of brain science to offer new perspectives on some persistent questions. Studies by developmental psychologists have made major contributions. And as brain imaging has become more powerful and widely used, the hypotheses of neurophysiologists and neurobiologists have come into the picture. Evolutionary biology has made perhaps the largest contribution by providing the overriding argument in the field—namely that human potential, individual behavior, and group dynamics can be studied as emerging phenomena. This begins with bodies that have over the millennia grown into worlds in which competition and cooperation have built and continue to build cultural life.
    Notes:
    It is an article in the Oxford Research Encylopedia of Literature
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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