In the epistemic frame of the biocultural turn and of the neuroaesthetics, we have developed neurohermeneutics as an approach to literature that aims at contributing to the current debate about the linkage between literary, cognitive and neuroscientific studies, focusing on the relationship between mindbrain processes mirrored in the formal features of the text and the strategies activated by the author in a text in order to guide the reader in imagining, emotionally feeling and cognitively getting meanings out of the literary experience. The aim of the neurohermeneutical approach is to grasp and describe phenomenologically the mirroring process between the two extremes of the literary experience, i.e. the writer’s creative process as it is mirrored in the formal features of the literary work and the reader’s imaginative reconfiguration of the text, and what they share in common. The reader revives the mental imaginative processes of the author by creating his/her unrepeatable individual experiences of the text and subjectively redesigning it in an endless loop of features that trigger the imagination and its creative potential both while writing and by reading literature.
Abramo, F., Gambino, R., & Pulvirenti, G. (2017). Cognitive literary anthropology and neurohermeneutics. A theoretical proposal, Enthymema, 8, 44–62.
Beer, R. D. (2003). The dynamics of active categorical perception in an evolved model agent. Adaptive Behavior, 11(4), 209–243.
Bortolussi, M., & Dixon, P. (2003). Psychonarratology: Foundations for the Empirical Study of Literary Response. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Caruana F., & Viola, M. (2018). Come funzionano le emozioni: Da Darwin alle neuroscienze. Bologna: Milano.
Chatterjee, A. (2014). The Aesthetic Brain: How we Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art. New York: Oxford University Press.
Chatterjee, A., & Vartanian, O. (2014). Neuroaesthetics. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 18, 7, 370–375.
Crane, M. T., & Richardson, A. (1999). Literary studies and cognitive science: toward a new interdisciplinarity. Mosaic, 32(2), 123–140.
Cuccio V. et. al. (2013). Metafore che risuonano. Linguaggio e corpo tra filosofia e neuroscienze. EC. Rivista dell’Associazione Italiana Studi Semiotici, 7 (17): 69–74.
Damasio, A. (2010). Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain. New York/Toronto: Pantheon Books.
Edelman, G. (2007). Seconda natura. Scienza del cervello e conoscenza umana. Milano: Raffaello Cortina Editore.
Esrock, E. J. (1994). The Reader’s Eye: Visual Imaging as Reader Response. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Fauconnier G., & Turner M. (2002). The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending and the Mind’s Hidden Complexities. New York: Basic Books.
Fludernik, M. (1993). The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction. The Linguistic Representation of Speech and Consciousness. London/New York: Routledge.
Fludernik, M. (2006). An Introduction to Narratology. London/New York: Routledge.
Freedberg, D., & Gallese, V. (2007) Motion, emotion and empathy in aesthetic experience. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11.5, 197-202.
Freeman, M. (1995). Metaphor making meaning. Dickinson’s conceptual universe. Journal of Pragmatics, 24, 643–666.
Freeman, M. (2007). Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Literary Studies. State of the art in Cognitive Poetics. In D. Geeraerts, H. Cuyckens (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics (pp. 1175–1202). Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York.
Gallese V. (2004). Embodied simulation: From Neurons to Phenomenal Experience. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4(1), 23–48.
Gallese, V. (2005). Embodied Simulation: From Neurons to Phenomenal Experience. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4(1), 23–48.
Gallese, V. (2007). Before and below Theory of Mind: Embodied Simulation and the Neural Correlates of Social Cognition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London - B Biological Sciences, 362. 1480, 659–669.
Gallese, V. (2008). Mirror neurons and the social nature of language: The neural exploitation hypothesis. Social Neuroscience, 3, 317–333.
Gallese, V. (2009). Motor abstraction: A neuroscientific account of how action goals and intentions are mapped and understood. Psychological Research, 73(4), 486–498.
Gallese, V. (2011) Embodied simulation theory: Imagination and memory. Neuropsychoanalysis, 13(2), 196–200.
Gallese, V. (2012). Aby Warburg and the dialogue among aesthetics, biology and physiology. Ph, 2, 48–62.
Gallese, V. (2014). Bodily Selves in Relation: Embodied simulation as second-person perspective on intersubjectivity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369, 20130177.
Gallese, V. (2016). Finding the body in the brain. From Simulation Theory to Embodied Simulation. In H. Kornblith, & B. McLaughlin (Ed.), Alvin Goldman and his Critics (pp. 297–317). New York: Blackwell.
Gallese V. (2017). Visions of the body: Embodied simulation and aesthetic experience. Aisthesis, 1(1), 41–50.
Gallese V. (2018). The power of images: A view from the brain-body. Phenomenology and Mind, 14, 70–79.
Gallese, V., Rochat, M., Cossu, G., & Sinigaglia, C. (2009). Motor cognition and its role in the phylogeny and ontogeny of action understanding. Developmental Psychology, 45, 103–113.
Gallese, V., & Sinigaglia, C. (2011). What is so special with embodied simulation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15(11), 512–519.
Gallese V., & Cuccio, V. (2015). The paradigmatic body. Embodied simulation, intersubjectivity and the bodily self. In T. Metzinger, & J. M. Windt (Ed.), Open MIND. (pp. 1–23). Frankfurt: MIND Group.
Gallese V., & Guerra M. (2015). Lo Schermo Empatico: Cinema e Neuroscienze. Milan:o Raffaello Cortina Editore.
Gambino R., & Pulvirenti G. (2012). Nello specchio delle parole: Proserpina e Ifigenia Una lettura neurocognitiva di due figure del mito classico nell’opera di Goethe. Studi germanici. 1, 193–235.
Gambino R., & Pulvirenti G. (2013). Imagination as poetics of cognition. Enthymema, 8, 83–95.
Gambino, R., & Pulvirenti, G. (2014). Immaginazione come poetica della cognizione: Faust nel Regno delle Madri. In S. Calabrese, S. Ballerio (Ed.), Linguaggio, letteratura e scienze neurocognitive. (pp. 128–168) Milano LEDIpublishing.
Gambino, R., & Pulvirenti, G. (2015a). Leggere Goethe al tempo delle neuroscienze: l’immaginazione e la sua rappresentazione poetica. Cultura tedesca, 161–194.
Gambino, R.. & Pulvirenti, G. (2015b). “Ombra della carne, o suo veleno”. Il problema mente-corpo nella “Storia meravigliosa di Peter Schlemihl” di Adelbert von Chamisso. Le forme e la storia. N.S. VIII.1, 433–454.
Gambino, R., & G. Pulvirenti (2017). The Paradox of Ekphrasis. Metacritic Discourse, Perception and Imagination in art description. Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory. 3.1. 151-179.
Gambino, R., & Pulvirenti, G. (2018a). Storie, menti, mondi. Approccio neuroermeneutico alla letteratura. Milano: Mimesis.
Gambino, R., & Pulvirenti, G. (2018b). La mente di Heinrich von Kleist. Milano: Mimesis.
Gerrig, R. (1993). Experiencing Narrative Worlds: On the Psychological Activities of Reading. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Gibbs, R. (1994). The Poetics of Mind: Figurative Thought, Language, and Understanding. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hanauer, D. (1997). Poetic Text Processing. Journal of Literary Semantics, 26, 157–172.
Herman, D. (1999). (ed.), Narratologies: New Perspectives on Narrative Analysis. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
Hoffstaedter P. (1987). Poetic Text Processing and its Empirical Investigation. Poetics, 16: 75-91.
Holland, N. (1988). The Brain of Robert Frost. New York: Routledge.
Hogan, P. C. (1996). Towards a cognitive science of poetics. College Literature, 23, 164–178.
Hogan, P. C. (2003). Cognitive Science. Literature and the Arts. New York and London: Routledge.
Hogan, P. C. (2009). The Mind and its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hogan, P. C. (2011a). What Literature Teaches us about Emotion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hogan, P. C. (2011b). Affective Narratology: The Emotional Structure of Stories. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
Hogan, P. C. (2013a). How Authors’ Minds Make Stories. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hogan, P. C. (2013b). Narrative Discourse: Authors and Narrators in Literature, Film, and Art. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.
Hogan, P. C. (2013c). Parallel Processing and the Human Mind: Re-understanding Consciousness with James Joyce’s Ulysses. Journal of Literary Semantics, 42, 149–164. doi:10.1515/jls-2013-0007
Hogan, P. C. (2014a). Literary brains: Neuroscience, Criticism, and Theory. Literature Compass, 11 (4), 293–304. doi:10.1111/lic3.12144
Hogan, P. C. (2014b). Ulysses and the Poetics of Cognition. New York: Routledge.
Hogan, P. C. (2014c). Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies: Literature, Language, and Aesthetics with Frederick Luis Aldama. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.
Iser, W. (1976). Der Akt des Lesens: Theorie ästhetischer Wirkung. München: Fink Verlag.
Iser, W. (1980). The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP.
Iser, W. (1991). Das Fiktive und das Imaginäre. Perspektiven literarischer Anthropologie. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp
Ishizu, T., & Zeki, S. (2013). The brain’s specialized systems for aesthetic and perceptual judgment. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 1413–1420. doi:10.1111/ejn.12135
Ishizu, T., & Zeki, S. (2014). A neurobiological enquiry into the origins of our experience of the sublime and beautiful. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11 November 2014. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00891
Jacobs, A. M. (2015a). Towards a Neurocognitive Poetics Model of Literary Reading. In R. M. Willems (Ed.), Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of Natural Language Use, (pp. 135–159). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Jacobs, A. M. (2015b). Neurocognitive Poetics: Methods and Models for Investigating the Neuronal and Cognitive-affective Bases of Literature Reception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 186, 1–21. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00186
Jacobs, A. M., & Kinder A. (2015c). Worte als Worte erfahren: wie erarbeitet das Gehirn Gedichte. In A. Pompe (Ed.), Kind und Gedicht, (pp. 57–76). Berlin: Rombach.
Johnson M. (1987). The Body in the Mind. The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination and Reason. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Lakoff, G., & Johnson, M. (1980). Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
LeDoux, J.,E. (1996). The Emotional Brain. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Leech, G. (1969). A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry. London: Longman.
Martindale, C. (1978). The Evolution of English poetry. Poetics 7, 231–248. doi:10.1016/0304-422x(78)90039-6
Martindale, C. (1988). Cognition, Psychobiology, and Aesthetics. In F. H. Farley, R. W. Neperud (Ed.), The Foundation of Aesthetics, Art and Art Education (pp. 7–42). New York: Praeger.
Martindale, C. (2007). Response: Psychological Foundations of Literary Theory. J. Lit. Theory, 1, 447–457. doi:10.1515/jlt.2007.027
Miall, D. S. (1988). Affect and Narrative: A Model of Response to Stories. Poetics, 17, 259–272. doi:10.1016/0304-422X(88)90034-4
Miall, D. S. (1989). Beyond the Schema given: Affective Comprehension of Literary Narratives. Cognition and Emotion, 3, 55–78. doi:10.1080/02699938908415236
Miall, D. S. (1990). Readers’ Responses to narrative: evaluating, relating, anticipating. Poetics, 19, 323–339. doi:10.1016/0304-422x(90)90002-m
Miall, D. S. (1995) Anticipation and feeling in literary response: A neuropsychological perspective. Poetics, 23, 275–298.
Miall, D. S. (2006) Literary Reading: Empirical and Theoretical Studies. New York: Peter Lang.
Miall, D. S., & Kuiken, D. (1994). Foregrounding, Defamiliarization and Affect: Response to Literary Stories. Poetics, 22, 389–407. doi:10.1016/0304-422x(94)00011-5
Mukarovský, J. (1964). Standard Language and Poetic Language. In Garvin, P. (1964) A Prague School Reader on Esthetics, Literary Structures and Style, (pp. 17–30). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, Washington.
Oakley, T. (1998). Conceptual Blending, Narrative, Discourse, and Rhetoric. Cognitive Linguistics 9, 321–360.
Oatley, K. (1994). A Taxonomy of the Emotions of Literary Response and a Theory of Identification in Fictional Narrative. Poetics 23, 53–74. doi:10.1016/0304-422x(94)p4296-s.
Paulson, W. R. (1991). Literature, Complexity, Interdisciplinarity. In Havles, N. K. (ed. by) (1991). Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science (PP. 37–53). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Ramachandran, V. S., & Hirstein, W. (1999). The Science of Art. A Neurological Theory of Aesthetic Experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies 6, 6/7, 15–51.
Regev, M., Honey, C. J., Simony, E., & Hasson, U. (2013). Selective and Invariant Neural Responses to Spoken and Written Narratives. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 15978–15988. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1580-13.2013