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A Cognitive Approach to John Donne’s Songs and Sonnets

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

About this book


Investigations into how the brain actually works have led to remarkable discoveries and these findings carry profound implications for interpreting literature. This study applies recent breakthroughs from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology in order to deepen our understanding of John Donne's Songs and Sonnets.


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About the authors

Michael Winkleman is a lecturer in Renaissance English Literature at Bowling Green State University.

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"Winkelman's book offers his readers one of the most thought-provoking and well-documented studies of the recent developments in cognitive science and their rich implications for how we read and mentally respond to John Donne's highly dramatic and unprecedented early modern poetry. As the study clearly demonstrates, the reader's cognitive response is a vital element in the poem's expression of an inner reality." - Helen B. Brooks, Department of English, Stanford University