- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Shifts, Zigzags, Impacts
- Antipodean American Geography: Washington Irving's “Globular” Narratives
- The Art of Chaos: Community and African American Literary Traditions
- Are “American Novels” Novels? Mardi and the Problem of Boring Books
- Reading Race Through Disability: Slavery and Agency in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson and “Those Extraordinary Twins”
- The Invention of Mexican America
- Creole Kinship: Privacy and The Novel in the New World
- Looking at State Violence: Lucy Parsons, José Martí, and Haymarket
- Transatlantic vs. Hemispheric: Toni Morrison's Long Nineteenth Century
- Temporality, Race, and Empire in Cooper's The Deerslayer: The Beginning of the End
- The Visible and Invisible City: Antebellum Writers and Urban Space
- Animals and The Formation of Liberal Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
- Archives of Publishing and Gender: Historical Codes in Literary Analysis
- The Novel As Board Game: Homiletic Identification and Forms of Interactive Narrative
- Skepticism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Philosophy
- On The Redundancy of “Transnational American Studies”
- How To Read: Regionalism and the Ladies' Home Journal
- Literature and The News
- Reading Minds in the Nineteenth Century
- Making An Example: American Literature As Philosophy
- Abolition and Activism: The Present Uses of Literary Criticism
- Whose Protest Novel? Ramona, The Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Indian
- Nineteenth-Century American Literature Without Nature? Rethinking Environmental Criticism
- “Action, Action, Action”: Nineteenth-Century Literature for Twenty-First-Century Citizenship?
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on cognitive literary studies in the U.S.A. It provides an overview and critique of cognitive literary studies, and suggests how recent developments within neuroscience and studies of embodied cognition can potentially offer a better model for a historicism grounded in brain science. The article concludes that combining formal and historical analysis with the insights of embodied cognitive neuroscience provides the basis for a neural historicism which would illuminate some of the ways minds have been read and understood, and how those minds have read texts and the world.
Paul Gilmore is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach and author of The Genuine Article: Race, Mass Culture, and American Literary Manhood and Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism.
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