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  • Culture and Cognition: The Boundaries of Literary and Scientific Inquiry
  • Ronald Schleifer, Robert Con Davis, and Nancy Mergler
  • 2019
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  • Published by: Cornell University Press
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This groundbreaking book challenges the disciplinary boundaries that have traditionally separated scientific inquiry from literary inquiry. It explores scientific knowledge in three subject areas—the natural history of aging, literary narrative, and psychoanalysis. In the authors' view, the different perspectives on cognition afforded by Anglo-American cognitive science, Greimassian semiotics, and Lacanian psychoanalysis help us to redefine our very notion of culture.

Part I historically situates the concepts of meaning and truth in twentieth-century semiotic theory and cognitive science. Part II contrasts the modes of Freudian case history to the general instance of Einstein's relativity theory and then sets forth a rhetoric of narrative based on the discourse of the aged. Part III examines in the context of literary studies an interdisciplinary concept of cultural cognition.

Culture and Cognition will be essential reading for literary theorists, historians and philosophers of science; semioticians; and scholars and students of cultural studies, the sociology of literature, and science and literature.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. Ronald Schleifer, Robert Con Davis, Nancy Mergler
  3. pp. xi-xxii
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  1. Introduction: Science, Cognition, and Culture
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. Part I. NARRATIVE STRUCTURES
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. 1. Cognition and Narration: Binary Structures and the Nature of Meaning
  2. pp. 37-63
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  1. 2. Structures of Meaning: The Logic of Narrative and the Constitution of Literary Genres
  2. pp. 64-95
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  1. 3. Why Are There Old People? Narration, Natural History, and the Situation of Cognition
  2. pp. 96-122
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  1. Part II. CASES OF COGNITION
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. 4. Special Cases: Freud, Einstein, and the Dream of Understanding
  2. pp. 125-147
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  1. 5. Psychoanalysis and Narration: Lacan, Greimas, and the Desire of Cognition
  2. pp. 148-172
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  1. 6. The Plain Sense of Things: Aging and the Rhetoric of Narration
  2. pp. 173-196
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  1. Part III. CULTURAL DISCOURSE
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. 7. The Institution of Criticism: Pedagogy, Publishing, and Oppositional Criticism
  2. pp. 199-244
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  1. Bibliography of Works Cited
  2. pp. 245-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501746734
Related ISBN(s)
9780801426322, 9780801499319, 9781501738524, 9781501746727
MARC Record
OCLC
1122598023
Pages
294
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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