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Titel“Why We Read (German) Fiction – And How: Cognitive Studies and German Studies” GSA Seminar
Beschreibung“Why We Read (German) Fiction – And How: Cognitive Studies and German Studies”

Organizers: Jennifer William (Associate Professor of German, Purdue University); Chantelle Warner (Assistant Professor of German, University of Arizona); Brett Martz (Assistant Professor, Longwood University).

In her groundbreaking monograph, Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel (Ohio State UP, 2006), Lisa Zunshine explains that recent developments in cognitive psychology, and particularly research regarding Theory of Mind, “can furnish us with a series of surprising insights into our interaction with literary texts” (4). Zunshine’s book joined a growing body of scholarly works that apply cognitive principles to the study of literature and film, including, for example, Mark Turner’s seminal monograph The Literary Mind (Oxford UP, 1998), in which he argued that human thinking is inherently literary, George Lakoff and Mark Turner’s More than Cool Reason (University of Chicago Press, 1989), a cognitive linguistic account of poetic metaphor, and David Herman’s Narrative Theory and Cognitive Sciences (2003). The field has been gaining momentum since the mid 1990s, particularly among scholars of English-language literature, and in 1998 a core group of scholars successfully petitioned the MLA to establish the discussion group “Cognitive Approaches to Literature.” The field of German Studies has also recently witnessed an increasing interest in cognitive-literary approaches, as evidenced by publications such as Fritz Breithaupt’s 2009 Kulturen der Empathie (Suhrkamp) and Jennifer Marston William’s article in The German Quarterly, “Cognitive Poetics and Common Ground in a Multicultural Context: The Poetry of Zehra Çirak” (v. 85.2, 2012), as well as the recurring presence of panels devoted to the topic at GSA conferences of the past two years.

For this seminar, we invite short papers (6-8 pages) that consider the past, present, and future roles of cognitive studies within the study of German literature and film. The pre-circulated papers will be presented in brief in a roundtable format, culminating in an open discussion amongst all participants, which will be moderated by the three organizers. We are seeking broad reflections about how cognitive approaches can help us better understand why and how we read German works of fiction, as well as

papers that focus on a particular cognitive principle (e.g. cognitive metaphor theory, Theory of Mind, cognitive blending, cognitive empathy). Close readings are welcome, but papers should also consider more generally how cognitive approaches can productively contribute to literary or filmic analyses. Like all interdisciplinary work, the insights and innovations gathered in such a seminar should mutually enrich the fields from which they draw inspiration. Thus, the discussions of the advantages and potential limitations of cognitive studies as applied to fields of German language cultural production will contribute to the field of German Studies, while intensive attention to German-language aesthetic works will add to developments and debates within cognitive literary and cultural studies.

Those who wish to submit a proposal should fill out the GSA Seminar Application Form (see and email it to the Seminar Coordinator for this session, Lutz Koepnick at In addition to other information, the form asks for a brief statement of purpose. It should describe the participant’s qualifications and planned contribution to the seminar.

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VeranstaltungsortDenver, CO, USA
PersonName: Lutz Koepnick 
Funktion: Seminar Coordinator 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeKognitive Linguistik (Metapherntheorie, Prototypentheorie, Konzeptualisierung); Sprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Literaturwissenschaft; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Rhetorik; Stilistik
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