Workshop "Literature, Mind and Materiality"

Together with invited guest lecturers Liedeke Plate, Professor of Culture and Inclusivity at Radboud University, and Miranda Anderson, Anniversary Fellow in Philosophy at University of Stirling, the workshop explores the interplay of literature, material culture, and cognition.

Illustrating literature's materiality

Literary texts aim at engaging the mind of their readers. However, they also possess a physical reality, a media-material body with which a reader interacts. What role does the material dimension of literature play for reader engagement? How can we conceptualize literature’s materiality in a way that factors in the material and the cognitive turn in literary studies?

We will discuss these and associated questions based on looking into the compatibilities and fruitful tensions between new materialist approaches to literature and second-generation or 4E cognitive approaches that understand the mind to be enactive, embedded, embodied, and extended .

The workshop’s two invited guest lecturers will accordingly shed light on the interplay of material culture, cognition and social practices of literary reading (and writing) from different angles. In a joint working session, we will also further explore notions such as the ‘agency of
 things’ from a materialist as well as a 4E cognition perspective.

A detailed program will follow soon.

Tags: Literature, New Materialism, Cognition, Book History, Cognitive Poetics, Embodied Cognition
Published Feb. 25, 2020 3:22 PM - Last modified Mar. 2, 2020 1:05 PM