"The Literary Mind" Conference
In April 2008, an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars
met at the newly opened Centre in Mohrenstrasse to discuss the
different ways in which literary studies, literature and the
neurosciences might meet. Ranging from applications of cognitive
studies to literature through cognitive approaches to literary analysis
to more critical accounts of the use of narrative
in the neurosciences, the conference contributions engendered lively debates among the participants.
The debates are reflected in the conference proceedings,
published as The Literary Mind, ed. Jürgen Schlaeger and Gesa Stedman, (Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 24), Tübingen: Narr, 2008. The collection of essays assesses an emerging field of research which will continue to be as controversial as it is stimulating to both cognitivists and their critics.