Information about the MLA Session on Cognitive Approaches to Genre

Welcome! This page contains links to the papers that will form the basis of the session on Cognitive Approaches to Genre that will be held at the MLA Convention in Chicago on Saturday, December 29, from 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. in the Truffles meeting room at the Hyatt Regency. This session will be chaired by Michael Sinding; it is sponsored by the Cognitive Approaches to Literature Discussion Group, the executive committee for which includes Frederick Aldama, Mary Crane, Liz Hart, David Herman, and Michael Sinding.

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]

Saturday, 29 December
461. Cognitive Approaches to Genre
10:15 -11:30 a.m., Truffles, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Cognitive Approaches to Literature

Presiding: Michael Sinding, University of Giessen

1. "Cognitive Theory and the Enactive Interpretation of Experimental Poetry," Mark Cantrell, Univ. of Miami

2. "Genre, Affect, and the Remake," Rebecca Mercedes Gordon, Reed Coll.
3. "Reading the Neurological Romance: Popular Fiction and Brain Science, 1880 - 1914," Anne Meredith Stiles, Washington State Univ., Pullman
4. "Theory of Mind and the Dramatic Monologue," Aaron S. Worth, Boston Univ.