Lisa Zunshine

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Lisa Zunshine is a scholar of 18th-century British literature, whose interests include cultural historicism, narrative theory, and cognitive approaches to literary and cultural studies (with a particular emphasis on Theory of mind and fiction). She is a Bush-Holbrook professor of English[1] at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. In 2007-2008 she was a visiting scholar in the Mind and Development Lab[2] of the Department of Psychology at Yale University. She has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us About Popular Culture. 2012[3]
  • Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden. Co-edited with Jayne Lewis. 2013[4]
  • Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies. 2010[5]
  • Acting Theory and the English Stage, 1700-1830. 2008[6]
  • Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative. 2008[7]
  • Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel. 2006[8]
  • Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Samuel Richardson. Co-edited with Jocelyn Harris. 2006[9]
  • Philanthropy and Fiction, 1698-1818. 2006
  • Bastards and Foundlings: Illegitimacy in Eighteenth-Century England. 2005[10] Foundling Hospital
  • Nabokov at the Limits: Redrawing Critical Boundaries. 1999[11]


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