CFP: [Medieval] Cognitive Approaches to Medieval Literature (K'zoo 08)

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Paula Leverage
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This is a call for papers for a special session on Cognitive Approaches
to Medieval Literature which will take place at the International
Congress of Medieval Studies at the University of Western Michigan in
Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2008.

Cognitive literary analysis is an increasingly important theoretical
approach to literature, film and art, which is relatively new to Medieval
Studies. Bringing insights from cognitive theory, psychology, linguistics
and neuroscience to the interpretation of literature, it is a highly
interdisciplinary approach. General works on cognitive literary analysis
are starting to take their examples from medieval literature: for
example, Peter Stockwell in his Introduction to Cognitive Poetics
(Routledge, 2002) illustrates the principles of parable through Chaucer
and Malory, while Lisa Zunshine writes about _Beowulf_ in her recent book
Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel (Ohio State University
Press, 2006). This session will provide a forum for medievalists working
in this area.

Please send abstracts to Prof. Paula Leverage by 13 September 2007. If
you prefer to send abstracts by mail, please address them to: Professor
Paula Leverage, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Purdue
University, 640, Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Please include the
customary (and required by the Medieval Institute) abstract cover sheet,
which is available at the following URL:

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