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557. Teaching Cervantes: Cognitive Theories and Early Modern Subjectivity

Saturday, 7 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., University, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Amy R. Williamsen, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro

Speakers: Catherine M. Connor, Univ. of Vermont; Sarah Gretter, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette; Barbara Simerka, Queens Coll., City Univ. of New York; Julien Jacques Simon, Indiana Univ. East; Steven Wagschal, Univ. of Indiana, Bloomington

Responding: Amy R. Williamsen

For abstracts, visit simerkabara@gmail.com after 15 Dec.

Session Description:

This roundtable demonstrates the value of cognitive literary studies for teaching about subject formation in Cervantine texts. We use cognitive historicism to teach psychologized subjectivity and to show connections between medical philosophy and theory of mind. We propose cognitive models of the unconscious as alternatives to psychoanalysis. We use neuroscience research to teach empathy and humor as sources of resistance to race, class, and gender hierarchies.


Subjects:

  • The Teaching of Language and Literature – General

  • Spanish Literature – Before 1700

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