Evolution, Popular Culture and the Evolution of Popular Culture

Evolution, Popular Culture and the Evolution of Popcropped-evolutionaryangleular Culture is an angle of approach that brings together advanced students, doctoral candidates, and established scholars with an interest in research that integrates Popular Culture studies with bio-cultural/evolutionary approaches to art and culture. This niche exists at GotPop as a way of helping scholars to position their work and contextualize it in the larger framework of their specific academic discipline, in this case mostly Literature studies and Linguistics. Additionally, we also wish to strengthen the GotPop network and broaden its theoretical perspectives and analytical tools.

Some recommended readings:

Biocultural approaches to Literature:
  • Carroll, J. (2011). Reading human nature: literary Darwinism in theory and practice. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Gottschall, J (2010). The literary animal: evolution and the nature of narrative. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press.
  • Gottschall, J. (2012). The storytelling animal: how stories make us human. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Vermeule, B. (2011). Why do we care about literary characters? Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Zunshine, L. (2006). Why we read fiction: theory of mind and the novel. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
  • Zunshine, L. (2010) Introduction to cognitive cultural studies. (2010). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Popular Culture (general references):
  • Browne, Ray B. (ed.) (2005). Profiles of popular culture: a reader. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Danesi, M. (2012). Popular culture?: introductory perspectives. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Johnson, S. (2006). Everything bad is good for you?: how today’s popular culture is actually making us smarter. New York: Riverhead Books.
  • Storey, J. (2009). Cultural theory and popular culture: an introduction (5th ed.). Harlow, England?; New York: Pearson Longman.


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