Bridging the sciences and humanities, cognitive/evolutionary critics have asked questions largely rendered heterodox by the linguistic and cultural turns. What do texts reveal about human nature and the human mind? How do they encode and reproduce mindsets that can prove adaptively useful in different environments, natural and cultural? How do stories represent both competition and cooperation within groups? Marvell’s lyrics and satires seem ripe for reevaluation from a perspective that refuses to deny cultural constructionism while also admitting the force of biology and evolution.
Please send CVs and proposals (max. 150 words) to Alex Garganigo [agarganigo[at]austincollege.edu] by Tuesday, 31 May 2015.