This is the official group of the TC Cognitive and Affect Studies forum.
Drawing on research in developmental psychology, rhetorical narratology, and cultural history, as well as on digital data mining, this essay seeks to broaden the interdisciplinary and interpretive range of cognitive literary studies.
Lisa Zunshine started the topic MLA panel on cognition and literature: Lying Minds, Social MInds in the discussion TC Cognitive and Affect Studies on MLA Commons 1 month, 2 weeks ago
For those of you interested in cognitive approaches to literature, don’t miss our panel on the last day of the conference:
Date: Sunday, Jan 6, 2019
Time: 1:45 PM–3:00 PM
Location: <i></i>Sheraton Grand – Ontario
Patrick Colm Hogan started the topic Literary Universals Workshop at the University of Connecticut in the discussion TC Cognitive and Affect Studies on MLA Commons 2 months, 3 weeks ago
LITERARY UNIVERSALS WORKSHOP
The University of Connecticut, Storrs24 May 2019
Announcement and Call for Papers
Literary universals include properties and structures ranging, for example, from genre patterns through metaphor and imagery, and from ethical or political themes through formal features of prosody. Technically, literary universals are…[Read more]
Bradley Irish deposited Emotion in the Tudor Court: Literature, History, and Early Modern Feeling (Northwestern UP, 2018) in the group TC Cognitive and Affect Studies on MLA Commons 7 months, 1 week ago
Uniting literary analysis, theories of emotion from the sciences and humanities, and a deeply archival account of Tudor history, Emotion in the Tudor Court freshly examines how literature reflects and constructs the dynamics of emotional life in the Renaissance courtly sphere. Spanning the 16th century — with chapters on Cardinal Thomas Wolsey…[Read more]
This short piece on _Duck Soup_ (1933) and narrative theory is a response to Jim Phelan’s target essay “Authors, Resources, Audiences,” published in the double-issue of _Style_ (52.1 & 52.2).
Whatever your theory and whatever your fandom, you don’t have to abandon it to do affect theory. This is because affect theory isn’t about telling you which side to pick in an agonistic contest; it’s about finding out what a body can do as it moves with other bodies in entangled states, whether or not we notice them. Affect theory offers more…[Read more]
Lisa Zunshine deposited “From the “From the Social to the Literary: Approaching Cao Xueqin’s The Story of the Stone (Honglou meng 紅樓夢) from a Cognitive Perspective” in the group TC Cognitive and Affect Studies on MLA Commons 1 year ago
This essay draws on cognitive literary theory to offer new ways of reading Cao Xueqin’s classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber (紅樓夢) aka The Story of the Stone.
Why We Read Fiction focuses on one of the most exciting areas of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as “Theory of Mind” and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson’s Clarissa, Dostoyevski’s Crime and Punishment, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Woolf’s…[Read more]
This Theory Palette revision layers in 12 theoretical approaches; it also problematizes the perceiving-subject through a stylized human palette. The thought and speech bubbles gesture toward the problems of apperception and expression after René Magritte’s “Le fils de l’homme” (The Son of Man 1928-29) and “La Trahison des Images” (The Treachery…[Read more]
This essay brings together cognitive literary theory and Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of dialogic imagination to illuminate the construction of social class in the eighteenth-century novel. It offers a close reading of selected passages from Frances Burney’s Evelina (1778), made possible by combining Bakhtinian and cognitive poetics. It also dis…[Read more]
Carlos Gardeazabal Bravo started the topic CFP: ACLA 2018 Topographies of narrative empathy: the social and the cognitive in the discussion Cognitive Approaches to Literature on MLA Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
In recent times, empathy has occupied a privileged status in cross-disciplinary research on human behavior and social interaction. Cognitivists have identified empathy as a key emotion that explains why humans behave pro-socially. There is now evidence to suggest empathy as not only a key ingredient of altruism and cooperation, but also a…[Read more]
Fantastic tales of rebellious robots and animated artifacts are a permanent fixture in popular culture. What kind of behavior do we expect from such conceptual hybrids in science fiction, nonsense poetry, and surrealist art?
Nicky Agate started the topic Lisa Zunshine's book, "Strange Concepts," available open access in CORE in the discussion Cognitive Approaches to Literature on MLA Commons 1 year, 11 months ago
I wanted to let members of this group know that Lisa Zunshine has made her 2008 book, “Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible” available open access in CORE at http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6904F. Here’s the abstract: “Fantastic tales of rebellious robots and animated artifacts are a permanent fixture in popular culture and have…[Read more]
Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino started the topic MLA 2018, CFP: “Language Change: Global (Im-)gration and Linguistic Insecurity” in the discussion Cognitive Approaches to Literature on MLA Commons 2 years ago
The Executive Committee of the Forum on Language Change is seeking proposals for the session “Language Change: Global (Im-)migration and Linguistic Insecurity”. See short and long CFP below.
Papers exploring how global and local migrations affect language practices and patterns (e.g. linguistic in…[Read more]
Lisa Zunshine started the topic two cognitive panels at MLA (Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon) in the discussion Cognitive Approaches to Literature on MLA Commons 2 years ago
I want to bring to your attention two exciting “cognitive” panels at MLA in Philadelphia, one this Thursday evening, one on Saturday afternoon. Below please find more information about these panels.
153. Cognition and Affect: Bad News
Thursday, 5 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., 111B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
A special session
Presiding: Alan R…[Read more]
<p>The special session “Teaching Memory Studies” (session 154, Thursday, January 5, 7:00-8:15 PM, Franklin 12 Philadelphia Marriott) will contribute to the growing conversation around incorporating the discipline of memory studies into the study of literature while also pushing the boundaries of memory studies pedagogy in literature courses bey…[Read more]
David Rodriguez started the topic CfP – Experiencing Nonhuman Spaces: Between Description and Narration in the discussion Cognitive Approaches to Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 1 month ago
Call for proposals
Experiencing Nonhuman Spaces: Between Description and Narration
“We felt enlarge itself round us the huge blackness of what is outside us, of what we are not,” declares Bernard in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (1931/2000, 213). “What we are not”—the nonhuman—has emerged as one of the most thought-provoking concepts in c…[Read more]
The next scheduled election of a Delegate Assembly representative for TC Cognitive and Affect Studies will be held in the fall of 2017, and the forum’s executive committee will take up the matter of nominations for this election when it meets during the January 2017 convention in Philadelphia. Though the executive committee is responsible for m…[Read more]
David Rodriguez started the topic CFP – 2017 Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities @ Stony Brook University in the discussion Cognitive Approaches to Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 2 months ago
Call for Proposals
(due – 9 January 2017)
The fifth annual conference of the Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities, to be held at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, aims to bring together a wide array of papers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies, linguistics, cultural…[Read more]
This essay examines the influence and effects of water in post-colonial African American women of the Gullah and Gee-Chee cultures from the sea islands of Georgia and south Carolina, reviewing the ecological theory of phenotypes establishing the eco-boundaries of the resulting pure-selves through the examination of one film and a novel: Julie…[Read more]
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