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.”
This pamphlet explores ways in which to engage scholars to further elaborate the poethics of their scholarship. Following Joan Retallack, who has written extensively about the responsibility that comes with formulating and performing a poetics, which she has captured in her concept of poethics (with an added h), this pamphlet examines what connects the ‘doing’ of scholarship with the ethical components of research. Here, in order to remain ethical we are not able to determine in advance what being ethical would look like, yet, at the same time, ethical decisions need to be made and are being made as part of our publishing practices: where we publish and with whom, in an open way or not, in what form and shape and in which formats. Should we then consider the poethics of scholarship as a poetics of/as change, or as Retallack calls it, a poetics of the swerve (clinamen), which continuously unsettles our familiar notions? This pamphlet considers how, along with discussions about the contents of our scholarship, and about the different methodologies, theories and politics that we use to give meaning and structure to our research, we should have similar deliberations about the way we do research. This involves paying more attention to the crafting of our own aesthetics and poetics as scholars, including a focus on the medial forms, the formats, and the graphic spaces in and through which we communicate and perform scholarship (and the discourses that surround these), as well as the structures and institutions that shape and determine our scholarly practices.
…d Literature Studies. – ISSN 1821-4827. – Vol. 8 (2016), p. 311-318.
“From Shtetl to the Hub: Mary Antin’s Networking Palimpsest.” in Intercontinental Cross-Currents: Women’s Networks across Europe and the Americas. Eds. Julia Nitz, Sandra H. Petrulionis, Theresa Schön. Universität WINTER, Heidelberg, 2016.
“Cognitive Poetics and Cultural Studies.” Proceedings of the International Conference CONSTRUCTIONS OF IDENTITY (VII), Cluj-Napoca: Casa Cărţii de Ştiinţă, 2014, 237 – 244.
“Delving into the Kernel: Teaching Bernard Malamud in Post-Communist Romania.” Imaginaires 14 (2010): 73-92.
“Narrative Constructs and Bord…
Professor of American Literature and American Civilization; Brandeis University, Mass. Fulbright fellow (2001- 2002), J.F. Keedy Institute for North American Studies grantee (2003). Author of numerous studies on American literature; e.g. The Phenomenology of the Novel, 2002; Strategists of Assimilation: Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, 2003; “Narrative Constructs and Border Transgressions in Jewish-American Holocaust Fiction”, Studies in Jewish American Literature, 28 (2009): 46-54; “La Roumanie et les Juifs. Pessimisme ou lucidité?” Cité, 29/2007, Presses Universitaire de France, 2007; “Delving into the Kernel: Teaching Bernard Malamud in Post-Communist Romania.” Imaginaires 14 Presses Universitaire de France (2010): 73-92; “Inescapable Colonization: Norman Manea’s Eternal Exile”. Literature in Exile of East and Central Europe. Ed. Agnieszka Gutthy. N.Y.: Peter Lang, 2009. His most recent publications are: “From Shtetl to the Hub: Mary Antin’s Networking Palimpsest,” Intercontinental Cross-Currents: Women’s (Net-)Works across Europe and the Americas (1776-1939), eds. Julia Nitz, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, and Theresa Schon, (2016, European Views of the United States – Universitätsverlag Winter); “Space and Place in Fictional Storyworlds,” Teaching Space, Place and Literature. Ed. Robert T. Tally Jr., London: Routledge, forthcoming – 2018.
Cognitive science, neuroscience, narratology, emotion
All things poetic and all things verse.
Theater, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Approaches to Literature
Cognitive Literary Studies
Old Norse & Old English Lit
Religious & Myth Studies