about the MLA Session on Cognitive Approaches to Literary Character
Welcome! This page contains links to the papers that will form the
basis of the session on Cognitive Approaches to Literary Character that
will be held at the MLA Convention in Philadelphia on Friday, December
29, from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. in the Loews Hotel, in Commonwealth Hall A1.
This session is sponsored by the Cognitive Approaches to Literature
Discussion Group; executive committee members include Frederick Aldama,
Mary Crane, Nancy Easterlin, Liz Hart, and David Herman.
Anyone planning to attend the panel is encouraged to download these
papers and read them in advance, since the panelists will not be
presenting the papers in
their entirety during the session itself. Rather, this will be a
roundtable discussion, in which each person has about 12 minutes to
synopsize his or her main ideas and then put those ideas in dialogue
with those of the other panelists.
Papers will be available in pdf
format by November 15 (or shortly thereafter) by clicking on the titles
listed below. If you have any problems accessing the pdf versions of
the papers after November 15, or any questions about the session
itself, please contact me, David Herman, at herman.145[at]osu.edu.
Session 531. Cognitive Approaches to
Literary Character (presiding: David Herman, Ohio State University)
1. Ralf Schneider (University of Bielefeld, Germany), "Cognition and
the Reading of Literary Character: Approaches, Problems, and
Perspectives"; also, click here
for a diagram associated with the paper
2. Isabel Jaén-Portillo (Yale University), "Didactic Narratives:
Literary Characters and Human Learning Processes"
3. Mary Isbell (University of Connecticut-Storrs), "Conceptual Blending
in Joyce's Ulysses"
4. Kate Elkins (Kenyon College), "Fragments
of Memory: Proust's
Characters as Nonarchival Markers"