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Thinking with Literature


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Preface 1: Openings 2: Cognitive conversations 3: The balloon, the shed, and the bees 4: Literary affordances: culture as second nature 5: The balloon of the mind: literary imaginations 6: Cognitive figures 7: Cognitive mimesis: the cliff and the ballroom 8: The posture of reading: Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim 9: Literary values in a cognitive perspective A virtual manifesto for cognitive literary studies

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Terence Cave CBE FBA is a specialist in early modern French literature, thought, and culture. His major publications in this area include The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance(1979), Pre-histoires: textes troubles au seuil de la modernite (1999), Pre-histoires II: langues etrangeres et troubles economiques au XVIe siecle (2001), and How to Read Montaigne (2007). His wider interest in European literature and the history of poetics is represented by Recognitions: A Study in Poetics (1988), Mignon's Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century (2011), and (with Sarah Kay and Malcolm Bowie) A Short History of French Literature (2003). In 2009 he was awarded the Balzan Foundation Prize for 'Literature since 1500', and he is currently director of the Balzan Interdisciplinary Seminar 'Literature as an Object of Knowledge', based at the St John's College Research Centre.


Terence Cave, in Thinking with Literature ... goes inside our minds to map out a new "cognitive approach to literary studies". * Hal Jensen, Summer Books selection 2016, Times Literary Supplement *
the book offers many valuable insights about human cognition and embodiment * British Society of Literature and Science *

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