EGH318 : Cognitive Poetics

Convener(s): Dr Joanna Gavins


General Information

This module explores the relationship between literature and the human mind, drawing on a range of academic disciplines; from literary theory to cognitive psychology, from literary linguistics to philosophy. The module considers how recent advances in the study of human cognition can enhance our understanding of the reading experience. Students will be introduced to a range of concepts from the cutting-edge of cognitive research and will be encouraged to investigate the ways in which this body of knowledge can be used as a means of exploring literature. We will examine, for example, the role of cultural and personal knowledge in the reading process, the conceptual structure of metaphor, how texts direct readerly attention, and the readerly experience of literary worlds.


This module is taught through a weekly seminar.


The first assessment is a MOLE journal. You will be asked to write a 400-word reflection on each of the first five seminars of the module. A mark and feedback will be given for each entry, but only the top two grades will count towards this assessment. 30% weighting. The second assessment is a 2,500-word essay, applying one or more of the theoretical frameworks covered on the module to a text of your choice. 70% weighting.

Contact Details

Dr Joanna Gavins, 0114 222 0214

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:17:05 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK