Cognitive Literary Studies, Oxford Edition Now Available

The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies applies developments in cognitive science to a wide range of literary texts that span multiple historical periods and numerous national literary traditions.

The volume is divided into five parts: (1) Narrative, History, Imagination; (2) Emotions and Empathy; (3) The New Unconscious; (4) Empirical and Qualitative Studies of Literature; and (5) Cognitive Theory and Literary Experience.

Most notably, the volume features case studies representing not just North American and British literary traditions, but also Argentinian (Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar), Chinese (Cao Xueqin), Colombian (García Márquez), Dominican (Junot Díaz), German (Theodore Fontane), French (Marcel Proust, Gustave Flaubert), Indian (Mirabai, Rabindranath Tagore, Kamala Markandaya, Mani Ratnam, Tito Mukhopadhyay), Mexican (Fernando del Paso), Polish (Krystof Kieslowski), Puerto Rican (Giannina Braschi), Russian (Lev Tolstoi), South African (J. M. Coetzee), and Spanish (Leopoldo Alas).

Tthe volume covers a variety of periods (e.g., Renaissance, Eighteenth century, Romantic, Victorian, and Modernist, and post-modern periods) and genres, including those associated with popular culture, such as science fiction (China Mieville), fantasy (Anne Rice), and graphic narratives (Rius’s Los supermachos and Gilbert Hernandez’s Troublemakers).

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