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MLA Discussion Group for Cognitive Approaches to Literature
 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association
Chicago, 27-30 December 1999

Gender and Cognitive Theory
 Wednesday 29 December 1999
7:15-8:30pm., Burnham, Hyatt Regency (session 686)

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Organized by the Discussion Group for Cognitive Approaches to Literature

This panel will address some interests of the growing body of literary scholars who look to the mind sciences for perspectives that challenge the established theoretical and interpretive tools.  The intersection of gender studies with cognitive science may prove especially complex and fruitful, as cognitive science offers productive new ways of talking about emotion, language, memory, subjectivity and the body.  The panel will consider these issues from a variety of critical perspectives.

  Presider  Francis Steen
UC Santa Barbara
1. Where Is Gender in Cognitive Theory? The Cognitive Unconscious and Sexual Difference
Beth Bradburn

Boston College
2. You Have to Be Nice to Nature If You Want Him to Keep Providing: Gender Blindness in Cognitive Linguistics
F. Elizabeth Hart

U Connecticut, Storrs
Embodiment and Cognition: Implications for Gender
N. Katherine Hayles

UC Los Angeles


(see also General Resources for Cognitive Approaches to Literature and the vitae of  Hart and Hayles; please send suggestions to Francis Steen)

Cameron, Deborah. Language: Sociolinguistics and Sociobiology. Critical Quarterly 39, 4 (Winter, 1997): 81-3. Full text (local). Cameron's home page (external).

Ehrenreich, Barbara. The Real Truth About The Female Body. Time, March 8, 1999. Full text.

Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Reviewed by Graham J. Murphy,  "Pernicious Couplings and Living in the Splice." (Full external text.)

Hayles, N. Katherine. "Simulating Narratives:  What Virtual Creatures Can Teach Us." Critical Inquiry, Autumn 1999, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 1-26.

Psychology, Evolution and Gender - new journal starting May 1999.

Wilson, Elizabeth A. Neural Geographies: Feminism and the Microstructure of Cognition.  New York: Routledge, 1998. Reviewed by Wendy Hollway in Australian Humanities ReviewFull external text.

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