A taxonomy of theories of literary criticism might derive from answers to the questions: How is meaning attributed to the text? These, and many others, would seem to be appropriate inquiries within the domain of literary criticism.
Hence, there is a wide expanse of ground common to literary criticism and cognitive science.
But a casual examination of leading books from the two domains suggests that each has little awareness of the other, or of the possible relevance of the other to its concerns.
Perhaps what I am attempting here should be viewed as a gesture from the cognitive side to repay a small part of the debt we owe to critics and theorists of criticism for introducing us to literary texts.
The paper may also be viewed as an experiment in communication between the two cultures of the humanities and the sciences.