Attention is increasingly regarded by cognitive scientists and evolutionary anthropologists as a faculty whose development in human animals is constitutive of what it means to be human. This conference invites papers on:
(1) the ways in which literary texts encode this faculty (tropologically, discoursively, narratologically, ideologically), and/or
(2) the ways in which theories of reading have recognized or underestimated the arts and techniques of attention.
We particularly invite contributions developing or dismissing the suggestion that literature offers privileged insight into the function of attention as a possibility condition for the imagination, for agency, and for community formation.