For those interested in Cognitive and Evolutionary Literary Theory – here is a great nutshell sized article by Brian Boyd.
Boyd was the writer that started my PhD journey, offering the central premise of my thesis – that fiction is a form of cognitive play.
He favours an evolutionary approach- the ‘why’ of literature. I favour the neuroscientific/cognitive – more of the ‘how’. He focusses on the text – whereas I focus on the writing process.
But I wouldn’t be here without him. So enjoy this well written article.