Emily Troscianko is currently a Junior Research Fellow at
College, Oxford. She holds a degree in French and German from Oxford
University (2004), a Masters in European Literature (German, 2006), and a
D.Phil. (German, 2010), also from Oxford.
Emily’s broad research interest is in scientific approaches to the study of
literature, in particular those that have the potential to combine theoretical
insights from the cognitive sciences, psychology, and neuroscience with
empirical testing of readers’ responses to fictional texts and the close reading
essential to traditional literary criticism.
Her current research project investigates ‘cognitive realism’ with regard to
cognitive capacities such as memory, attention, and emotion, and in the two
literary ‘periods’ of Realism and Modernism, with the aim of elucidating the
cognitive effects of specific texts and drawing broader conclusions about
Realist and Modernist aesthetics.
For six years she lived on a
narrowboat in Oxford, and she is now adjusting to life on dry land. She enjoys
weight-lifting and is trying to find more time to read for pleasure.