Embodiment Moving Ahead: The Second Generation in 2022

Where does an embodied approach to narrative and literature stand today? In this LCE workshop, researchers working on empirical and theoretical aspects of bodies, minds and narrative will present their latest investigations.

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In this workshop, LCE sets out to map some of the recent movements within the field of embodied and 4E approaches to literature. What new perspectives have emerged since cognitive literary studies made the move from first-generation computational to second-generation embodied approaches?


13:30: Presentations (I) – Chair: Marlene Andresen

  • Marco Bernini – "Fictive Presences and Permanence: On Imaginative Permeability"
  • Emily Troscianko – "Is it up to authors to make sure their books do more good than harm?"
  • Discussion moderated by Marlene Andresen
  • 15:30: Coffee Break

16:00: Presentations (II) – Chair: Essi Varis

  • Marco Caracciolo – "Time, Space, and Embodied Complexity in Video Game Narrative"
  • Karin Kukkonen – "Agency, Embodiment and Literary Games"
  • Merja Polvinen – "Reasons to Be Cheerful"
  • Discussion moderated by Essi Varis
  • 17:00–18:00: Final discussion


  • Marco Bernini is Associate Professor in Cognitive Literary studies at Durham University
  • Marco Caracciolo is Associate Professor of English and Literary Theory at the University of Ghent
  • Karin Kukkonen is Professor in Comparative literature and the convener of Literature, Cognition and Emotions at the University of Oslo
  • Merja Polvinen is Senior Lecturer in English Philology at The University of Helsinki
  • Emily Troscianko is Research Associate at TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities at the University of Oxford 


  • Essi Varis is Researcher at the University of Helsinki and Visiting Researcher at Literature, Cognition and Emotions (UiO)
  • Marlene Andresen is Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative literature at the University of Oslo

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Published Nov. 21, 2022 12:11 PM - Last modified Nov. 21, 2022 12:12 PM