Deposit“Introduction to Cognitive Literary Studies”

This is a short introductory essay for _The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies_, published in 2015. The areas covered by _The Handbook_ include cognitive historicism, cognitive narratology, cognitive queer theory, neuroaesthetics, cognitive postcolonial studies, studies in emotions and empathy, decision theory, cognitive disability studies, empirical and qualitative studies, and the new unconscious. The introduction traces the trajectory of the field over the last fifteen years and explains why the goals, methods, and philosophy of scholars working with cognitive approaches to literature are diametrically opposed to those of “literary Darwinists.”

MemberCarlo Ierna

My name is Carlo Ierna and I’m currently working as a lecturer in history of philosophy at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I’ve previously been part-time, fixed-term lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (feb-mar and sep-oct 2017 and feb-mar 2018), Utrecht University (Nov 2018-Jan 2019), Leiden University (Sep 2018-Feb 2019), and the University of Groningen (2016-2018). During 2017 I was part of the research team working on the project “From Logical Objectivism to Reism: Bolzano and the School of Brentano”, together with Robin Rollinger and Hynek Janousek, and member of the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of the Sciences. From January to May 2014 I was a Visiting Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard and in the summer of 2015 at the Brentano Archives in Graz. From 2012 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University with an NWO VENI research project on the renewal of the ideal of “Philosophy as Science” in the School of Brentano. In September 2016 I obtained my university teaching qualification. From 2009 to 2012 I worked on a postdoctoral project at the KULeuven on the philosophy of mathematics and logic in the School of Brentano.

MemberMargaret Freeman

  Margaret H. Freeman is Professor Emerita, Los Angeles Valley College, and co-director of Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts ( She was a founding member and first president (1988-1992) of the Emily Dickinson International Society and moderates the monthly meetings of the Emily Dickinson Reading Circle at Myrifield in Heath, MA. She is a co-editor of the Oxford University Press series in Cognition and Poetics. Her research interests include cognitive poetics, aesthetics, linguistics, and literature. A list of her scholarly publications may be found at