Culture and Cognition
Cognitive literary studies is often implicitly perceived as antagonistic to feminist and cultural materialist approaches to literature and culture. The purpose of our roundtable on cognition and cultural studies is, first, to examine some of the assumptions underlying this view of cognitive literary studies as a "scientifically supported" neo-formalist retreat from "theory," and, second, to demonstrate that the cognitive approach can and does work with and not against other contemporary critical paradigms.
Structured as a sequence of five ten-minute position statements (or openers) followed
by a general discussion, our roundtable will be theoretically informed as well
as committed to providing specific examples of interaction between cultural and
cognitive studies. Our key rationale behind organizing this forum is the realization
that as a developing new field, the cognitive approach to literature needs to
make a connection with other important theoretical developments within the literary
studies, and our key goal is to articulate the epistemological foundation for
such a connection as well as its challenges.
Mary Crane, Liz Hart, Ellen Spolsky, Joe Bizup, Alan Richardson
Maintained by Francis F. Steen, Communication Studies, University of California Los Angeles