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

Cognitive Approaches to Literature

Session Chair: 
Elsie Haley, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Directors Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Einat N Palkovich, NYU Shanghai
    This paper introduces a four-layered process of “becoming” a reader: Shared space, Practice, Performance, and Intellectual Discourse. The features of each stage are described with reference to the child or adolescent’s cognitive capacities and their manifestation or reflection in the literature, exemplified in a variety of fantasy texts. 
  2. Julia Susana Gomez, University of Oregon
    My project explores the dynamic relationship between language and cognitive processes, in order to explain the ways in which our perception of the unmarked space in The Vermont Notebook stimulates the mind toward a conceptualization that leads to the subsequent interpretive response that is reading. I advance a theory of the reading of unmarked, material space in visual/poetic works, and to this end I focus on how the work relates to its context through the physical and existential relation that its material properties have with the reader.
  3. David Thacker, Florida State University
    This article combines Fauconnier and Turner’s ‘blending’ theory with Lakoff and Johnson’s theories of conceptual metaphor in an analysis of Sylvia Plath’s “Tulips.” The analysis seeks to demonstrate how a reader experiences empathy by employing the same cognitive processes as the speaker, and to describe corollary implications for criticism. 
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