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date: 13 June 2021

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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.

Keywords: cognitive literary studies, U.S.A., neuroscience, embodied cognition, historicism, historical analysis, cognitive neuroscience

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