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Reading Minds in the Nineteenth Century

Paul Gilmore

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730438.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Reading Minds in the Nineteenth Century

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This article focuses on cognitive literary studies in the U.S.A. It provides an overview and critique of cognitive literary studies, and suggests how recent developments within neuroscience and studies of embodied cognition can potentially offer a better model for a historicism grounded in brain science. The article concludes that combining formal and historical analysis with the insights of embodied cognitive neuroscience provides the basis for a neural historicism which would illuminate some of the ways minds have been read and understood, and how those minds have read texts and the world.

Keywords: cognitive literary studies; U.S.A.; neuroscience; embodied cognition; historicism; historical analysis; cognitive neuroscience

Article.  7828 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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