113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature

Session Chair: 
Julien Simon, Indiana University East
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Directors Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Robert Fritz, Indiana University Blooomington
    In this study of Pedro Mexía's Silva de varia lección (1540), I claim that the cognitive experience of wonder evoked by the compilation's content advanced Hapsburg imperial ideologies by facilitating changes in Spanish readers' conceptions of the world, its history, and humankind's place in both. 
  2. Cory Reed, The University of Texas at Austin
    A cognitive analysis of Cervantes’s early drama El trato de Argel, which may have participated in a public awareness campaign to benefit enslaved Spaniards in Algiers, demonstrates how the affective and intellectual dimensions of empathy evolve during live theatrical performance to inspire altruistic, pro-social audience responses that might be considered an early modern form of proto-activism.
  3. Elizabeth Cruz Petersen, Florida Atlantic University
    Through analysis of Tirso de Molina’s El amor médico and Ana Caro’s Valor, agravio, y mujer, this paper hopes to demonstrate how early modern Spanish actors prepared for a role, developing new habits and fresh ways of embodying their characters. 
  4. Isabel Jaen Portillo, Portland State University
    Renaissance moral philosophy places particular emphasis on the connection between emotion and the cognitive faculty of judgment. When contained by reason, passions help us reach truth and virtue (Vives) and, thus, allow us to trascend our animal nature, becoming a catalyzer of human development. Cervantes elaborates on this theme through Sancho Panza's developmental journey to humanness, truth, and virtue.
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