Society for Literature and Science
Annual Meeting 1997
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
October 30 - November 2
Cognitive Culture Theory
Special panel organized by Francis Steen, UC Santa Barbara

Cultural Anthropologists such as Scott Atran, Pascal Boyer, Lawrence Hirschfeld, and Dan Sperber have been developing a cognitive approach to culture that may be fruitful to literary theorists and historians. The session will discuss some of the obstacles to the development of a cognitive culture theory, outline its possible scope, and show with some concrete examples how cognitive theories can be invaluable in understanding cultural processes.


Negotiating Darwin 
Francis Steen

UC Santa Barbara
Cognition and Power
Janet McIntosh

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
3. Cognitive Literary Studies - A Review Lisa Zunshine 
UC Santa Barbara
Cognitive Cultural Studies index
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Related Resources:
Blending and Conceptual Integration. Mark Turner's site with links to articles on the subject by a wide variety of scholars.

CogWeb: Cognitive Culture Theory. Francis Steen's site on the relevance of the study of human cognition to literary and cultural studies.

Literature, Cognition & the Brain: research at the intersection of literary studies, cognitive theory, and neuroscience. Edited by Mary Crane and Alan Richardson, Boston College.


 Francis F. Steen, Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles