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Bibliography for Cognitive Literary Studies

by Lisa Zunshine

(in progress, updated regularly;

for updates after December 2016, see

Abbott, Porter. Narrative and Emergent Behavior. Poetics Today 29.2 (2008), 227-44

-----. Real Mysteries: Narrative and the Unknowable. The Ohio State University Press,


Aldama, Frederick Luis. Toward a Theory of Narrative Acts. University of Texas Press,


Armstrong, Paul B. How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading

and Art. Johns Hopkins UP, 2014

Austin, Michael. Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature.

University of Nebraska Press, 2011.

Blair, Rhonda. The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Routledge, 2007

Bordwell, David. Poetics of Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2008

Bortolussi, Marisa and Peter Dixon. Psychonarratology: Foundations for the Empirical

Study of Literary Response. Cambridge University Press, 2003

Bracher, Mark. Literature and Social Justice: Protest Novels, Cognitive Politics, and

Schema Criticism. University of Texas Press, 2014

Bruun Vaage, Margrethe. The Antihero in American Television. Routledge, 2016

Carroll, Nol. The Philosophy of Motion Pictures. Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.

Cook, Amy. Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and

Performance through Cognitive Science. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Crane, Mary Thomas. Shakespeare's Brain: Reading with Cognitive Theory. Princeton

University Press, 2001

-----. Surface, Depth, and the Spatial Imaginary: A Cognitive Reading of The Political

Unconscious. Representations (Fall 2009): 7697

Dissanayake, Ellen. Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began. University of Washington

Press, 2012.

-----. Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why. University of Washington

Press, 1995.

Easterlin, Nancy. A Biocultural Approach to Literary Theory and Interpretation. Johns

Hopkins University Press, 2012

Esrock, Ellen J.. The Readers Eye: Visual Imaging as Reader Response. Johns Hopkins

University Press, 1994

Flesch, William. Comeuppance: Altruistic Punishment, Costly Signaling and other

Biological Components of Fiction. Harvard U.P., 2008

Fletcher, Angus. Evolving Hamlet: Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy and the Ethics

of Natural Selection. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Fludernik, Monika. Towards a Natural Narratology. Routledge, 2010.

Gavins, Joanna. Text World Theory: An Introduction. Edinburgh University Press, 2007

Gavins, Joanna and Gerald Steen. Cognitive Poetics in Practice. Routledge, 2003.

Grosz, Elizabeth. Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power. Duke University Press, 2005

Hart, F. Elizabeth. The Epistemology of Cognitive Literary Studies. Philosophy and

Literature 25 (2001): 314-34

Herman, David. Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative. University of

Nebraska Press, 2002

-----, ed. Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences. Publications of the Center for the

Study of the Language and Information (Stanford), 2003

Hogan, Patrick Colm. The Mind and Its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human

Emotion, Cambridge University Press, 2003

-----. Understanding Nationalism: On Narrative, Neuroscience, and Identity. Ohio State

University Press, 2009

-----. Affective Narratology: The Emotional Structure of Stories. University of Nebraska

Press, 2011

Jan, Isabel and Julien Jacques Simon, eds. Cognitive Literary Studies: Current Themes

and New Directions. University of Texas Press, 2012

Keen, Suzanne. Empathy and the Novel. Oxford University Press, 2007

----. Thomas Hardys Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardys Imagination. Ohio

State University Press, 2014

Lee, Haiyan. Chinese Feelings: Notes on a Ritual Theory of Emotion, The Wenshan

Review of Literature and Culture 9.2 (June 2016): 1-37

Leverage, Paula, Howard Mancing, Richard Schweickert, and Jennifer Marston William

(eds.), Theory of Mind and Literature. Purdue University Press, 2010

Lutterbie, John. Toward a General Theory of Acting: Cognitive Science and

Performance. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Lyne, Raphael. Shakespeare, Perception and Theory of Mind. Paragraph 37 (2014):


-----. Shakespeare, Rhetoric, and Cognition (Cambridge University Press, 2011

McConachie, Bruce. Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the

Theatre. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

----. Theatre and Mind. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

McConachie, Bruce and F. Elizabeth Hart, eds., Performance and Cognition: Theatre

Studies and the Cognitive Turn. Routledge, 2007

Miall, David S. Literary Reading: Empirical and Theoretical Studies. Peter Lang

International Academic Publishers, 2006

Nannicelli, Ted and Paul Taberham, eds., Cognitive Media Theory. Routledge, 2014

Palmer, Alan. Fictional Minds. University of Nebraska Press, 2004

-----. Social Minds in the Novel. Ohio State University Press, 2010

Persson, Per. Understanding Cinema: A Psychological Theory of Moving Imagery.

Cambridge University Press, 2003

Phillips, Natalie M. Distraction: Problems of Attention in Eighteenth-Century Literature.

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016

Plantinga, Carl. Moving Viewers: American Film and the Spectator's Experience.

University of California Press, 2009

Rabinowitz, Peter J. and Corinne Bancroft. Euclid at the Core: Recentering Literary

Education. Style 48.1 (2014): 1-34

Ryan, Marie-Laure. Narrative as Virtual Reality 2: Revisiting Immersion and

Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media. Johns Hopkins University Press,


-----. Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory. Bloomington:

Indiana UP, 1991.

Richardson, Alan. British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind. Cambridge

University Press, 2001

-----. The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic Texts. Johns Hopkins

University Press, 2010.

Richardson, Alan and Ellen Spolsky, eds., The Work of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, and

Complexity. Ashgate, 2004

Rokotnitz, Naomi. Trusting Performance: A Cognitive Approach to Embodiment in

Drama. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Savarese, Ralph James. What Some Autistics Can Teach Us about Poetry: A

Neurocosmopolitan Approach. In Lisa Zunshine, ed., The Oxford Handbook of

Cognitive Literary Studies. Oxford UP, 2015. 393-417

Savarese, Ralph James and Lisa Zunshine. The Critic as Neurocosmopolite; Or, What

Cognitive Approaches to Literature Can Learn from Disability Studies: Lisa

Zunshine in Conversation with Ralph James Savarese. Narrative 22.1 (January

2014), 17-44

Scarry, Elaine. Dreaming by the Book. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999

Semino, Elena. Metaphor in Discourse. Cambridge University Press, 2008

Semino, Elena and Jonathan Culpeper, eds, Cognitive Stylistics: Language and Cognition

in Text Analysis. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2002

Schneider, Ralf. The Cognitive Theory of Character Reception: An Updated Proposal.

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Shimamura, Arthur P., ed. Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies.

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approach. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81.1 (March 2013): 1-


-----. Of What Use Are the Odes? Cognitive Science, Virtue Ethics, and Early

Confucian Ethics. Philosophy East & West 61.1 (January 2011): 80-109

-----. Cognitive Science and Religious Thought: The Case of Psychological Interiority in

the Analects, in Mental Culture: Towards a Cognitive Science of Religion, ed.

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Smith, Jeff. Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist: Reading the Hollywood

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Spolsky, Ellen. Gaps in Nature: Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind. State

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-----. Satisfying Skepticism: Embodied Knowledge in the Early Modern World. Ashgate,


-----. Word vs. Image: Cognitive Hunger in Shakespeare's England. Palgrave Macmillan,


-----. Contracts of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, Community. Oxford University Press,


Starr, Gabrielle. Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience. The MIT

Press, 2015

Stern, Simon. Narrative in the Legal Text: Judicial Opinions and Their Narratives, in

Michael Hanne & Robert Weisberg, eds., Narrative and Metaphor in the Law.

Cambridge UP, forthcoming in 2017

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expanded edition, 2008

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-----. The Origin of Ideas: Blending, Creativity, and the Human Spark. Oxford University

Press, 2015

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representation of embedded mindstates in Shakespeares Othello. Language and

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Vermeule, Blakey. The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-

Century Britain. 2001

-----. Why Do We Care About Fictional Characters? Johns Hopkins University Press,


Vincent, J. Keith. Sex on the Mind: Queer Theory Meets Cognitive Theory. In Lisa

Zunshine, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies. Oxford UP,

2015. 199-221.

Young, Kay. Imagining Minds: The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy. The

Ohio State UP, 2010

Zunshine, Lisa. Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel. The Ohio State

University Press, 2006

-----. Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture,

Narrative. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008

-----. Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

-----. Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us About Popular

Culture. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012

-----. The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies. New York: Oxford UP, 2015