The rise cognitive science has been one of the most important intellectual developments of recent years, stimulating new approaches to everything from philosophy to film studies. This is an introduction to what cognitive science has to offer the humanities and particularly the study of literature. Hogan suggests how the human brain works and makes us feel in response to literature. He walks the reader through all of the major theories of cognitive science that are important for the humanities in order to understand the production and reception of literature.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Patrick Colm Hogan is Professor of English and Comparative literature at the University of Connecticut.His many books include The Culture of Conformism, Philosophical Approaches to the Study of Literature, Colonialism and Cultural Identity, and The Politics of Interpretation.
Table of Contents
|Introduction. The Dustheap of History: Why Cognitive Science Now?||1|
|Chapter 1.||"My Favorite Things": Thinking Jazz||7|
|Chapter 2.||Is It Cognitive Science Yet? Some Basic Principles||29|
|Chapter 3.||The Author: Maestros and Geniuses||59|
|Chapter 4.||The Text (I): Where the Metaphors Are||87|
|Chapter 5.||The Text (II): Narrative, or Getting the Story Straight||115|
|Chapter 6.||The Reader: How Literature Makes Us Feel||140|
|Chapter 7.||From Mind to Matter: Art, Empathy, and the Brain||166|
|Chapter 8.||The Evolutionary Turn: Blindness and Insight in the Explanation of Art and Mind||191|