Cognitive Linguistics and Characterization in Euripides’ Electra

Evert van Emde Boas explains two ways that “cognitive sciences might help us understand what goes on in literary characterization” in Euripides’ Electra: “First, they might help us get to grips with how the interpretation of characters actually works, that is, with what goes on in our brains and bodies when we meet characters in literature, drama, or film.” And second, these insights “can help us understand issues of literary character is as a ‘lens’ through which to look at the characterization of individual figures in literature (and drama, tv, film, etc.).” For the whole discussion, read on!