Steps are currently being taken to identify small groups of 3-8 researchers concerned with specific topics in empirical studies of literature (e.g., literary reading and social cognition, shared literary reading). Identifying such coalitions entails (1) preparation (and periodic revision) of print and online publications about each research topic (a reference book, an online handbook); (2) preparation (and periodic revision) of materials for workshops or training schools that support professional development in empirical studies of literature; and (3) supporting the organization of activities that facilitate interaction among members of these coalitions (e.g., conference symposia, workshops, special issues) and increase their online visibility (e.g., web pages dedicated to each research topic).
Man Reading (Monanteuil)
Several Research Coalitions are already active, i.e., Coalition Coordinators are:
- Identifying small numbers of active investigators whose empirical work addresses a specific Coalition Research topic;
- Preparing an abstract for a book chapter that reviews empirical studies concerning a specific Coalition Research topic; and
- Locating methods and procedures typically used in empirical studies concerning a specific Coalition Research topic.
These Active Research Coalitions are listed below and in a related table that provides links to additional information about coalition coordinators, coalition members (and their publications), and relevant research resources.
Modes of Textual Representation
- Effects of Foregrounding (e.g., Deviation, Defamiliarization)
- Prosodic and Phonological Effects in Literary Texts
- Contextual Meaning-making in Reading: The Role of Affect
- Empirical Approaches to Poetic Metaphor
- Computational Stylistics
Modes of Reading Engagement
- Reading-Concurrent Embodiment (Simulation, Imagery)
- Constructing Inferences (Situation Models)
- Absorption (Transportation, Interactivity, Immersion)
- Culture, Cognition, and Literary Comprehension
Expressive, Aesthetic, and Moral Aspects of Literary Engagement
- Self-Transcendent Effects of Digital Media (e.g., Film)
- Exceptional Aesthetic Moments While Reading Literary Texts (e.g., Poetry)
- Expressive Forms of Literary Reading/Writing (e.g., Lyrical Improvisation)
Reading Outcomes (Social Cognition)
- Narrative Fiction and Social Cognition
- Absorption (e.g., Transportation) and Attitude Change
- Character Engagement (e.g., Identification) and Social Cognition
Reading Outcomes (Mental Well-Being)
History, Theory, and Method
Research Coalitions under Consideration
- Literary Reading and Child Development
Submitting a Coalition Proposal
The IGEL Board will entertain proposals for the formation of Research Coalitions involving small groups of investigators with records of accomplishment in specific research areas. If you are interested in coordinating such a research coalition, consider completing the Research Coalition Proposal (see below) and submitting it to Don Kuiken (IGEL President) who, in turn, will present it to the Board for consideration.