557. Teaching Cervantes: Cognitive Theories and Early Modern Subjectivity
Wednesday, 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
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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.
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