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The Neverending Story: Cultural Evolution and Narratives

Lecture 3: Romance

What can a cultural evolution approach tell us about the genre of Romance? This lecture explores how popular romantic narratives may reflect evolved mate preferences, and how international folktales may provide evidence for the universality of romantic love. In the exercise you will learn how to use corpus analysis and text mining to examine gender representations in classic literature, and how they may have changed over time.


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