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Knowing Subjects

Cognitive Cultural Studies and Early Modern Spanish Literature

by Barbara Simerka

Publication Year: 2013

In Knowing Subjects, Barbara Simerka uses an emergent field of literary study—cognitive cultural studies—to delineate new ways of looking at early modern Spanish literature and to analyze cognition and social identity in Spain at the time. Simerka analyzes works by Cervantes and Gracían, as well as picaresque novels and comedias. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, she brings together several strands of cognitive theory and details the synergies among neurological, anthropological, and psychological discoveries that provide new insights into human cognition.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

The seeds for this book were planted at the University of Michigan croscopes, so a very understanding advisor allowed me to fulfill my natural science requirement by taking four nonlaboratory classes instead of two lab courses. I chose courses in biological approaches to anthropology and psychology; that was the beginning of a life-...

List of Abbreviations and Cognitive Terms

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pp. ix-xi

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Chapter One: Introduction: Cognitive Cultural Studies

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pp. 1-22

Since the advent of cognitive sciences after World War II, several different new models have been proposed to describe the way the diametrically opposed. The emerging model of “contextualized” or “ecological” cognition stands in polar opposition to both the as well as to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) model that arose in ...

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Chapter Two: Theory of Mind, Social Intelligence, and Urban Courtship Drama

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pp. 23-80

Cognitive research emphasizes that social interaction within complex and hierarchical habitats frequently features extensive recourse to Theory of Mind (ToM) and Machiavellian (MI) or Social Intelligence (SI), both to protect oneself from others and to deploy deception for selfish as well as altruistic purposes (see Chapter 1 for a detailed presentation). This chapter seeks to open new avenues of...

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Chapter Three: Social Intelligence and Foraging: Primates and Early Modern Pícaros

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pp. 81-104

...tive activities that entail projecting the mental activities of another sentient being, for social purposes that include producing a posi-tive impression, currying favor, and social advancement (Chapter 1). The form of ToM that is used to deceive and manipulate others is called Machiavellian Intelligence (MI) or Social Intelligence (SI) ...

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Chapter Four: Social Intelligence and Social Climbing: Pícaros and Cortesanos

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pp. 105-138

In Chapter 3, this study traced the initial development of Social In-telligence skills among young picaresque protagonists. The cogni-tive skills include Mind Reading (MR)—also known as formation of a Theory of Mind (ToM)—for projecting the thoughts of other pícaro will learn to emulate his deceivers, developing the cognitive ...

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Chapter Five: Contextualism, Skepticism, and Honor

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pp. 139-176

...nistic models of cognitive activity such as Artificial Intelligence “Embodied” 26–27). Diane Gillespie’s The Mind’s We: Contextualism in Cognitive Psychology (1992), rejects quantitative and cause-and-effect emphases in favor of an orientation toward interactive, dynamic, experiential, situational, and context-dependent ...

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Chapter Six: Contextualism and Performance in Lope's Lo fingido verdadero

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pp. 177-196

Contextualist models of the brain depict perception as a complex cognitive activity that requires conscious and nonconscious pro-cessing of multiple streams of information about the reality that surrounds us (Chapter 5). Contextualist cognition can be seen as analogous to the “baroque” preoccupation with the indeterminacy ...

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Chapter Seven: Cognition and Reading in Don Quixote

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pp. 197-226

The field of cognitive studies includes a wide variety of approaches ied cognition. In this chapter, I will present an overview of several approaches that appear to me to provide the most valuable insights concerning Cervantes’s master work, addressing characters, aesthetics, and ideology. Some topics, such as social intelligence and ...

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Conclusion: The Practice of Cognitive Cultural Studies

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pp. 227-232

Maestripieri delineates the ways in which the ability to wield the the most successful primate groups on planet Earth. Within both Machiavellian intelligence” (171). Some of the most important survival characteristics, including the capacity for deception and reactions of curiosity rather than fear in the face of unfamiliar ...

Works Cited

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pp. 255-272

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About the Author

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pp. 260-273

...courses of Empire. She is editor or co-editor of three volumes of critical essays and of a special issue of Cervantes. She has published over twenty essays, with emphasis on interdisciplinary and several articles on Don Quixote and postmodern film and founded cognitive theories to study tragic drama and genre theory, political ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781612492674
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557536440

Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures