112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Cognitive Approaches to Literature

Session Chair: 
Elsie Haley, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 2


  1. Amanda Bloom, University of Southern California
    This paper explores the potential for cognitive science in helping us make sense of the suppositional modes of correspondence deployed by eighteenth-century readers in their epistolary exchanges with author Samuel Richardson, and the extent to which these suppositional modes made their way onto the pages of Clarissa (1747).
  2. Kimberly O'Donnell, "Simon Fraser University, Canada"
    This paper takes up Wells’s The Time Machine (1895) within the context of late nineteenth century scientific theories of consciousness, specifically T. H. Huxley's theory that animals are automata. In so doing, I argue that the novel addresses the (very modern) ethical implications of the connection between cognition and affect.
  3. Cheryl Jaworski, University of California, Santa Barbara
    This presentation explores the healing power of fiction, the literary depictions of the workings of the mind, and the way the unconscious is revealed in fiction by using Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel of family trauma, To the Lighthouse (1927), as a proving ground in which to probe these questions.
  4. Luigi A. Juarez, Brandeis University
    This paper argues that Ernest Hemingway's "iceberg" writing method enlists and benefits from an application of the orthodoxy of theory of mind to his canonical novel, The Sun Also Rises.
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