Courses: Literature and Cognition (LINGH249B01)

Spring 2012

Literature is discourse. It has intricate and facinating structure that reveals how the human mind works. In the last thirty years, considerable progress has been made in psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics and philosophy in the study of discourse interpretation. In this class we will learn an influential theory of discourse interpretation that we can then apply to different types of literary work (e.g. sonnets by Shakespeare and Milton; short stories by Nabokov and Bunin; novella by Nerval; novels by Kafka and Bulgakov) and biblical texts (e.g. The Book of Lamentations and The Book of Job).

Prerequisites: One 100 level course or consent of instructor.

Fulfills: HU III


Linguistics (Web site)

Taught By

Daniel Altshuler


Haverford, Stokes 016

Meeting Times

TTh 10:00-11:30