About Eric Luttrell

I received my Ph.D. in English, specializing in literary theory and medieval literature, in 2011, from the University of Oregon. I earned my M.A. in English from the University of Denver, and dual bachelor degrees in English and Television & Film Production from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. I also studied Norse literature at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies and screenwriting at UCLA. My current research focuses on unconscious assumptions about individual agency implicit in narrative literature from diverse religious contexts in Europe during Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Era. My other academic interests include the epic and mythic literature of ancient Europe, India, and Mesopotamia, as well as evolutionary psychology, behavioral economics, cognitive linguistics, and the philosophical works of David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and Thomas Metzinger. I am committed to integrating the linguistic and cultural theories popular in the humanities with cognitive science, revising each where evidence demands.  I have taught courses in fiction, drama, literary theory, rhetoric, research methods, anthropology, and religious studies. I am a member of Oregon’s Institute for Cognitive and Decision Sciences and the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion.  I currently teach English literature at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.

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Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2011, English
  • M.A. University of Denver, 2005, English
  • Professional Program, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002, Screenwriting
  • B. A. University of Louisiana, Monroe, 2000, TV/Film Production and English

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