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.
F. Fiona Moolla, University of the Western Cape (Republic of South Africa) Love stories would appear to be one of the most universal genres of literary tale-telling. In fact, Patrick Hogan wrily observes that attention to literary representations of romantic love might have obviated “extended” ethnological debates on the cross-cultural and transhistorical prevalence of love […]
Steven Pinker, Harvard University (and Patrick Colm Hogan, University of Connecticut) An extended interview with Steven Pinker by Patrick Hogan, housed off-site and available through the following link: Evolution and Literary Universals: Steven Pinker (and Patrick Hogan).