OUP series

Please note that our book series is moving to Bloomsbury Academic under the new series title Cognition, Poetics, and the Arts.

Oxford University Press Book Series, Cognition and Poetics

The book series fosters and presents high quality interdisciplinary research in the area of cognitive poetics, at the intersection of cognitive science, literature and the arts, and linguistics. At the same time, the series is not restricted to one particular approach, and does not look at Cognitive Poetics as a single discipline, but rather as a highly dynamic and still emergent field of research and scholarship which is of central interest for a range of different disciplines. Consequently, the series aims to invite and include important scholarship and research on cognition and poetics from an extended range of interdisciplinary endeavor.

The project’s four major objectives:

  • To expand the development of theories and methodologies that integrate research in the relevant cognitive science and humanities disciplines to further our understanding of the production and reception of the arts as one of the most central and complex operations of the human mind.
  • To encourage exemplary application of these theories and methods to both established traditions and emerging practices in artistic creation and expression and the various modes of cognitive engagement they entail.
  • To investigate the various ways models of the mind and models of artistic creation and reception have been developed and revised in relation to each other throughout history and in different contexts.
  • To develop theoretical and methodological understanding of how the arts illuminate and contribute to the cognitive sciences.


  1. Alexander Bergs, Universität Osnabrück – English Language and Linguistics
  2. Margaret H. Freeman, Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts – Literature in English
  3. Peter Schneck, Universität Osnabrück – American Studies
  4. Achim Stephan, Universität Osnabrück – Philosophy of Cognition

Books published:

Isabel Jaén and Julien Jacques Simon. Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature

Michael Burke and Emily T. Troscianko, eds. Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues Between Literature and Cognition

Karin Kukkonen. A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Reuven Tsur. Poetic Conventions and Cognitive Fossils

Patrick Colm Hogan. Sexual Identitties: A Cognitive Literary Study

Szilvia Csábi, ed. Expressive Minds and Artistic Creations: Studies in Cognitive Poetics

Karin Kukkonen. 4e Cognition and Eighteenth-Century Fiction: How the Novel Found Its Feet

Karin Kukkonen. Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing

Margaret H. Freeman. The Poem as Icon: A Study in Aesthetic Cognition

Patrick Colm Hogan. Style in Narrative: Aspects of Affective-Cognitive Stylistics

Books under review or contract:

Guillemette Bolens. Kinesic Humor: Gestures and Momentum in Literature

Marco Bernini. Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Mind, Models and Exploratory Narratives

Ellen Esrock. Touching Words and Images 

 Mike Borkent. Comics and Cognition: A Multimodal Approach

Emmylou Grosser. Unparalleled Poetry: A Cognitive Approach to the Free-Rhythm Verse of the Hebrew Bible