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Terence Cave

Emeritus Professor of French Literature
Terence Cave

Terence Cave (Emeritus Professor of French Literature and Emeritus Research Fellow, St John’s College) has since 2010 been Director of the project “Literature as an Object of Knowledge” funded by the Balzan Foundation and St John’s College, Oxford, and devoted primarily to the exploration of cognitive approaches to literature. His book Recognitions: A Study in Poetics (1988), already raised questions that now seem relevant to cognitive research, and the cognitive strand has reappeared more explicitly, although without conceptual development, in How to Read Montaigne (2007), and Mignon’s Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century (2011). He is currently completing a monograph, provisionally entitled Thinking with Literature, which argues for the value of a cognitively inflected approach to mainstream literary studies.