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Lisa Zunshine

Lisa Zunshine is Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, a former Guggenheim fellow (2007) and the author or editor of thirteen books, including Bastards and Foundlings: Illegitimacy in Eighteenth-Century England (2005), Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel (2006), Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Samuel Richardson (co-edited with Jocelyn Harris, 2006), Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative (2008), Acting Theory and the English Stage (2009),  Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies (ed., 2010), Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden (co-edited with Jayne Lewis, 2013), Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us about Popular Culture (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies (2015), and The Secret Life of Literature (2022).

Contact Information
POT 1253
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000
Research Interests
  • Cognitive Science and Literary Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Eighteenth Century British Literature
  • English