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Dramatic Minds

Performance, Cognition, and the Representation of Interiority


Edited By Werner Huber, Elke Mettinger and Eva Zettelmann

This volume seeks to put drama and its neglected mental dimension into the limelight. While narrative fiction with its intricate ways of rendering consciousness has been deemed an ideal playground for approaches of a cognitivist leaning, the dramatic genre has been all but ignored by cognitive literary studies. Providing insights into such drama-related issues as subject construction, interiority, performativity, empathy, reader manipulation and reception control, the contributions to this collection testify to the richness and variety of the cognitivist enterprise.
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The essays collected in this volume have been written in honour of Margarete Rubik, full professor at the Department of English and American Studies at Vienna University, whose life’s work has been dedicated to the British stage. With publications ranging from in-depth studies on early women playwrights to analysing staged interculturality in dramatic works of the twenty-first century, Margarete Rubik has made an essential contribution to the historiography of Anglophone drama, and her academic oeuvre has been instrumental in placing early women playwrights firmly on the critical map. In recent years, her expertise in the performative arts has been complemented by an interest in cognitive approaches to literature, leading her to probe textual affection triggers and emotional reader response.

The range of international contributors to this Festschrift on the occasion of Margarete Rubik’s 65th birthday and her retirement testifies to her renown in the fields of drama studies and cognitive theory. For decades, Margarete Rubik has been a member of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), as whose Vice-President she acted from 2001 to 2010. She organised the 10th annual CDE conference in Vienna in 2001 and has (co-)edited several CDE conference proceedings. Publishing widely on 17th and 18th century women playwrights, Margarete Rubik is a member of the Aphra Behn Society Europe, organised the 2011 conference on “Aphra Behn and her Female Successors” in Vienna and is currently preparing an Aphra Behn anthology. A keen promoter of the budding...

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