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The Cognitive Humanities

Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture

Editors: Garratt, Peter (Ed.)

  • Takes an exciting, interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of cognitive science within the humanities
  • Provides a timely intervention into one of the humanities newest and dynamic areas of study
  • Breaks the conventional analytical frameworks used within cognitive humanities to provide an alternative, embodied understanding of cognition
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This book identifies the ‘cognitive humanities’ with new approaches to literature and culture that engage with recent theories of the embodied mind in cognitive science. If cognition should be approached less as a matter of internal representation—a Cartesian inner theatre—than as a form of embodied action, how might cultural representation be rethought? What can literature and culture reveal or challenge about embodied minds? The essays in this book ask what new directions in the humanities open up when the thinking self is understood as a participant in contexts of action, even as extended beyond the skin. Building on cognitive literary studies, but engaging much more extensively with ‘4E’ cognitive science (embodied, embedded, enactive, extended) than previously, the book uses case studies from many different historical settings (such as early modern theatre and digital technologies) and in different media (narrative, art, performance) to explore the embodied mind through culture. 

About the authors

Peter Garratt is Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK. He is a specialist in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and has published on writers such as George Eliot, Dickens and Ruskin, and on topics in cognitive theory and the medical humanities. His first book, Victorian Empiricism, was published in 2010.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Cognitive Humanities: Whence and Whither?

    Garratt, Peter

    Pages 1-15

  • Enactive Perception and Fictional Worlds

    Polvinen, Merja

    Pages 19-34

  • The Opacity of Fictional Minds: Transparency, Interpretive Cognition and the Exceptionality Thesis

    Bernini, Marco

    Pages 35-54

  • ‘Un-Walling’ the Wall: Embodiment and Viewpoint

    Dancygier, Barbara

    Pages 55-70

  • Textures of Thought: Theatricality, Performativity and the Extended/Enactive Debate

    Paavolainen, Teemu

    Pages 71-92

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59329-0
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59328-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cognitive Humanities
Book Subtitle
Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture
Editors
  • Peter Garratt
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59329-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59329-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59328-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 259
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 illustrations in colour
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