Literary Universals

Modeled on the study of linguistic universals, the Literary Universals Project has two specific purposes. First, it should facilitate access to established work on literary universals, which has otherwise been scattered. Second, it should foster the advancement of further research on literary universals. These specific purposes should in turn contribute to our more general knowledge about literature and, ultimately, our understanding of the human mind and human society.


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    To be held at The University of Connecticut, Storrs, on 24 May 2019 Announcement and Call for Papers Literary universals include properties and structures ranging, for example, from genre patterns through metaphor and imagery, and from ethical or political themes through formal features of prosody. Technically, literary universals are features of literary works that recur across […]
  • Embodiment and Universals
    Vittorio Gallese, University of Parma, Italy, and University of London, UK, and Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski, University of Texas at Austin, USA, with Patrick Colm Hogan, University of Connecticut, USA PCH: It’s a great honor to be able to speak about literary universals with one of the most important neuroscientists working today and with an innovative, cognitive literary […]