Elaine Auyoung is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, where she is also Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Cognitive Sciences. Her first book, When Fiction Feels Real: Representation and the Reading Mind, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018. This book draws on an array of concepts and models from cognitive psychology, social psychology, sociolinguistics, and especially research on reading comprehension to provide literary studies with a new set of tools for examining the relationship between novelistic technique and literary experience. Focusing on novels from Pride and Prejudice to Anna Karenina, Auyoung reveals how realist writers can seem to bring readers into relation with fictional persons and worlds that “feel real.” Her essays have appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Style. She contributed the entry on “cognitive studies” to the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.


Ph.D. English, Harvard University, 2011

B.A. English, Stanford University, 2003, with Honors and with Distinction

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