This blog post by Emily Troscianko is published at What Literature Knows About Your Brain, a blog on cognitive science and literary criticism at the University of Cambridge. It discusses the panel discussion which launched Terence Cave's Thinking with Literature, held at TORCH in April 2016.
It’s hard doing cognitive things with literature without coming across as either defensive (yes, you really can use science without betraying the essence of the literary) or aggressive (why the hell aren’t you guys getting in on the act too? don’t you know how exciting it is?). Terence Cave's new book, Thinking with Literature: Towards a Cognitive Criticism, is a modest masterclass in how to avoid both.