(p. xi) About the Authors
(p. xi) About the Authors
H. Porter Abbott is Research Professor Emeritus in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His authored publications include The Fiction of Samuel Beckett (1973), Diary Fiction: Writing as Action (1984), Beckett Writing Beckett: The Author in the Autograph (1996), The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative (2002; second edition, 2008), and Real Mysteries: Narrative and the Unknowable (2013). He is the editor of On the Origin of Fictions: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2001).
Elaine Auyoung is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, and cognitive and aesthetic approaches to the arts. She is completing a book about how nineteenth-century realist novels bring readers into relation with fictional worlds. Her essays have appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Style, and an edited collection on Stories and Minds: Cognitive Approaches to Literary Narrative.
Marisa Bortolussi is a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, where she teaches Hispanic literatures and cultures. With Peter Dixon she applies methods of cognitive psychology to the investigation of literary response. Together they coauthored Psychonarratology: Foundations for the Empirical Study of Literary Response, as well as numerous articles on a variety of reader response-related issues.
Fritz Breithaupt is Professor and Chair of Germanic Studies at Indiana University and Affiliated Professor of Cognitive Science. His current scholarship focuses on empathy, narrative, and moral reasoning. Among his recent publications are Kultur der Empathie (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2009); trans. as Culturas de la Empatía (Madrid: Katz Editores, 2011), and Kulturen der Ausrede. Eine Erzähltheorie (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2012). A new book is forthcoming, The Dark Sides of Empathy. In his current work, he asks how narrative thinking influences moral choice.
Mark J. Bruhn is Professor of English at Regis University. He is co-editor, with Donald R. Wehrs, of Cognition, Literature, and History (Routledge, 2014), and guest editor of a special double-issue of Poetics Today on “Exchange Values: Poetics and Cognitive Science” (2011). His work on romanticism and cognition has appeared in European Romantic Review, Poetics Today, Studies in Romanticism, and, most recently, the Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth.
(p. xii) Noel Carroll is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His recent books are: Living in an Artworld, Art in Three Dimensions, Minerva’s Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture and Motion Pictures, and Humour: A Very Short Introduction.
Mary Thomas Crane is the Thomas F. Rattigan Professor of English and the Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College. She is the author of Shakespeare’s Brain: Reading with Cognitive Theory (Princeton, 2000) and of Losing Touch with Nature: Literature and the New Science in Sixteenth-Century England (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
Peter Dixon is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. Along with Marisa Bortolussi, he is an author of Psychonarratology: Foundations for the Empirical Study of Literary Response. In addition to his work with Bortolussi on readers’ processing of literature, he conducts work on a wide range of topics in cognitive psychology, including motor control, attention, memory, and problem solving.
Nancy Easterlin is a Research Professor of English and a Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of New Orleans. She is author of A Biocultural Approach to Literary Theory and Interpretation and Wordsworth and the Question of “Romantic Religion” as well as numerous essays on cognitive-evolutionary literary criticism and theory. Recently, she guest-edited “Cognition in the Classroom,” a special issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies focused on teaching cognitive approaches to literature. Easterlin is a former Guggenheim Fellow (2008).
William Flesch teaches English and Philosophy at Brandeis. He is the author of Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of Fiction (Harvard, 2008), and is at work on a sequel to his arguments there, of which the piece here is a part. He reviews regularly for the TLS and The LA Review of Books, and blogs on the Stanford Arcade Website.
Monika Fludernik is Professor of English Literature at the University of Freiburg/Germany and the Director of the graduate school “Factual and Fictional Narrative” as well as Fellow at the Institut des Etudes Avancées in Paris. She is the author of The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction (1993), An Introduction to Narratology (2009), and the award-winning Towards a “Natural” Narratology (1996). Work in progress includes a monograph on prison metaphors and studies on description and collective minds.
Patrick Colm Hogan is a Professor in the Department of English and the Program in Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of seventeen books, including Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts: A Guide for Humanists (Routledge, 2003) and What Literature Teaches Us About Emotion (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His book-length, narrative poem, The Death of the Goddess is forthcoming in 2014 from 2Leaf Press.
Suzanne Keen is the Thomas Broadus Professor of English and Dean of the College at Washington and Lee University. The author of Empathy and the Novel and the recent (p. xiii) book Thomas Hardy's Brains, she works at the intersection of narrative theory and cognitive, affective, and literary studies. She is currently at work on a special issue of Style with co-editor Monika Fludernik.
Joshua Landy is the Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Initiative in Philosophy and Literature. His books include Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust (Oxford, 2004), How to Do Things with Fictions (Oxford, 2012), and (as coeditor) The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age (Stanford, 2009).
Laura Otis is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of English at Emory University. With an MA in Neuroscience and a PhD in Comparative Literature, she compares the creative thinking of scientists and literary writers. Otis is the author of Organic Memory, Membranes, Networking, and Müller’s Lab; the translator of Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Vacation Stories; and the editor of Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century. For her interdisciplinary studies of literature and science, she received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.
Alan Palmer is an independent scholar living in Weardale, County Durham. His first book Fictional Minds (University of Nebraska Press, 2004) was a co-winner of the MLA Prize for Independent Scholars and also a co-winner of the Perkins Prize (awarded by the International Society for the Study of Narrative). A special issue of the journal Style (45:2, Summer 2011) was devoted to the subject of his second book, Social Minds in the Novel (Ohio State University Press, 2010).
James Phelan , Distinguished University Professor of English at Ohio State University, is the editor of Narrative, the co-editor (with Peter J. Rabinowitz and Robyn Warhol) of The Ohio State University Press Series on the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative, and the author of numerous books on narrative theory, including Reading the American Novel, 1920–2010 (2013), Experiencing Fiction (2007), and Living to Tell about It (2005). His book-in-progress has the working title, Somebody Telling Somebody Else: A Rhetoric of Narrative Communication.
Natalie M. Phillips , Assistant Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty in the Cognitive Science Program at Michigan State University, specializes in eighteenth-century literature, history of mind, and cognitive approaches to narrative. She is also a leading figure in the emerging field of literary neuroscience, pioneering interdisciplinary experiments that use neuroscientific tools to explore the cognitive dynamics of literary reading. She is co-founder of the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab and Lead Faculty for Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind.
Carl Plantinga is Professor of film and media at Calvin College. His two books as author are Moving Viewers: American Film and the Spectator’s Experience (2009) and Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Film (1997). He is co-editor with Greg M. Smith of Passionate Views: Film, Cognition and Emotion (1999), and with Paisley Livingston of (p. xiv) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film (2009). Plantinga is past president of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.
Peter J. Rabinowitz is the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College. He is the author of Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation, co-author (with Michael W. Smith) of Authorizing Readers: Resistance and Respect in the Teaching of Literature, and co-author (with David Herman, James Phelan, Brian Richardson, and Robyn Warhol) of Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates.
Alan Richardson is Professor of English at Boston College. His books include British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind (2001) and The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic Texts (2011). He is co-editor, with Francis Steen, of a special issue of Poetics Today on “Literature and the Cognitive Revolution” (2002) and, with Ellen Spolsky, of The Work of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, and Complexity (2004). His current research concerns literary and scientific conceptions of imagination from Romanticism to the present.
Ralph James Savarese teaches American literature, creative writing, and disability studies at Grinnell College. The author of Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption and the co-editor of “Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity,” a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly, he spent the academic year 2012–2013 as a neurohumanities fellow at Duke University’s Institute for Brain Sciences.
Jeff Smith is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of The Sounds of Commerce: Marketing Popular Film Music and Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist: Reading the Hollywood Reds. He is currently at work on a study of music in Hollywood films of the 1930s.
Ellen Spolsky , Bar-Ilan University in Israel, is a literary theorist interested in embodied interpretive processes as they produce and respond to texts, pictures, and performance in history and culture. She is the author of Gaps in Nature: Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind, a founding text in cognitive literary studies, Satisfying Skepticism: Embodied Knowledge in the Early Modern World, Word vs Image: Cognitive Hunger in Shakespeare’s England, and Saving Fiction: Cognition, Culture, Community, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
G. Gabrielle Starr is Professor of English and Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science at New York University. She is the author of Lyric Generations (Hopkins 2004) and Feeling Beauty (MIT 2013), and is at work on a book about imagination, Embodied Images, as well as being head of an international research group exploring the neural underpinnings of the effects of music, painting, and poetry.
Margrethe Bruun Vaage is Lecturer in Film at the University of Kent. Her main area of research is the spectator’s engagement with fictional films and television series, and more specifically the imagination, the emotions, and the moral psychology of fiction. (p. xv) She has published papers in journals such as the British Journal of Aesthetics, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, and Screen. She is currently working on a book exploring the spectator’s engagement with antiheroes in recent American television series.
Blakey Vermeule is Professor of English at Stanford University. She has written books on eighteenth-century moral psychology and on the question of why we care about fictional characters. She is at work on a book about the post-Freudian unconscious.
J. Keith Vincent is Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at Boston University. He is the author of Two-Timing Modernity: Homosocial Narrative in Modern Japanese Fiction. His translation of Okamoto Kanoko’s A Riot of Goldfish won the 2011 U.S. Japan Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. He is currently at work on Haiku in Prose, a book on techniques of description in the modern Japanese novel.
Lisa Zunshine is Bush-Holbrook Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and a former Guggenheim Fellow. She is the author or editor of eleven books, including Bastards and Foundlings: Illegitimacy in Eighteenth-Century England (2005), Why We Read Fiction (2006), Acting Theory and the English Stage, 1700–1830 (2008), Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible (2008), Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies (2010), and Getting Inside Your Head: What Popular Science Can Tell Us about Popular Culture (2012).