Literature, Science, and a New Humanities

  • Authors
  • Jonathan Gottschall

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: Shrinking Possibility Space

    1. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 1-13
  3. On Theory, Method, and Attitude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 17-41
    3. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 42-65
    4. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 67-85
  4. Case Studies at the Nexus of Literature and Evolutionary Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-90
    2. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 115-126
    3. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 127-155
    4. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 157-170
    5. Jonathan Gottschall
      Pages 171-176
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-217

About this book


Literary studies are at a tipping point. ." There is broad agreement that the discipline is in "crisis" - that it is aimless, that its intellectual energy is spent, that all of the trends are bad, and that fundamental change will be required to set things right. But there is little agreement on what those changes should be, and no one can predict which way things will ultimately tip. Literature, Science, and a New Humanities represents a bold new response to the crisis in academic literary studies. This book presents a total challenge to dominant paradigms of literary analysis and offers a sweeping critique of those paradigms, and sketches outlines of a new paradigm inspired by scientific theories, methods, and attitudes.


Case Studies English literature literature model Romanticism space

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