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The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Studies

Curated by
Karin Kukkonen (University of Oslo)
Anežka Kuzmičová (Stockholm University)
Steen Ledet Christiansen (Aalborg University)
Merja Polvinen (University of Helsinki)

How does literature make readers feel? How does it expand our understanding of the world? These are questions that lie at the core of literary studies, and in recent years, literary studies have turned to research in psychology and neurosciences to find new answers. This special issue explores what place the cognitive can take in literary studies today, bringing together papers from scholars across the Nordic countries that examine the cognitive, emotional and imaginative involvements of literature. The contributions address literature from across the centuries, outline the import of empirical methods, and highlight new arguments for the relevance of literature in society.

Funding for this project was provided by NOS-HA grant 327086

The place of the cognitive in literary studies Karin Kukkonen, Anežka Kuzmičová, Steen Ledet Christiansen, Merja Polvinen Published: 29 November 2019
Atmospheres and science fiction Steen Ledet Christiansen Published: 7 November 2019
Shared reading as an affordance-nest for developing kinesic engagement with poetry: A case study Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad, Thor Magnus Tangerås Published: 10 December 2019
Dearness and death in the Iliad Eric Cullhed Published: 12 November 2019
Making mythopoeic meaning out of plants Erik van Ooijen Published: 11 November 2019
What is literature for? The role of transformative reading Olivia Fialho Published: 29 November 2019
Reading by proxy: A visit to the literary archive Karin Kukkonen Published: 12 November 2019
Mimetic and synthetic views of characters: How readers process “people” in fiction Merja Polvinen, Howard Sklar Published: 12 November 2019