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Why Lyrics Last: Evolution, Cognition, and Shakespeare's Sonnets

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Parrington 108

Experiments with Experience: an overview of the way Boyd sees the relations between literature and science in general, or literature and evolution and cognition in particular. He will propose a multi-level model, from the global to the detail, and will offer two very compact examples, a Shakespeare sonnet and a two-page Spiegelman comic from 2011.

Brian Boyd is a distinguished critic and biographer, the author of, among other numerous books, a prize-winning two volume biography of Vladimir Nabokov, and On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition and Fiction. This talk is based on his new book coming out in April. He teaches English Literature at the University of Auckland, NZ.

The lecture will be followed by a reception at 5:00 p.m. in Parrington Commons.

Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Department of English, and the Department of Comparative Literature.