The elusive brain : literary experiments in the age of neuroscience (Book, 2018) [WorldCat.org]
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The elusive brain : literary experiments in the age of neuroscience

Author: Jason Daniel Tougaw
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Featuring a foreword by renowned neuroscientist Joseph E. LeDoux, The Elusive Brain is an illuminating, comprehensive survey of contemporary literatures engagement with neuroscience. This fascinating book explores how literature interacts with neuroscience to provide a better understanding of the brains relationship to the self. Jason Tougaw surveys the work of contemporary writersincluding Oliver Sacks, Temple  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Daniel Tougaw
ISBN: 9780300221176 0300221177
OCLC Number: 1002654420
Description: xiv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: You are your brain, you are not your brain --
1 Before neuromania --
Interlude: neurodiversity in the age of the brain atlas --
2 Brain memoirs --
3 Three autistic autobiographers --
Interlude: if you've met one autistic reviewer... --
4 Narrating neurological difference --
5 Touching brains in the neuronovel --
Interlude: interview with Maud Casey --
6 Neurocomics and neuroimaging --
Epilogue: reading organisms in the age of neuroscience.
Responsibility: Jason Tougaw ; foreward by Joseph E. LeDoux.

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Featuring a foreword by renowned neuroscientist Joseph E. LeDoux, The Elusive Brain is an illuminating, comprehensive survey of contemporary literatures engagement with neuroscience. This fascinating book explores how literature interacts with neuroscience to provide a better understanding of the brains relationship to the self. Jason Tougaw surveys the work of contemporary writersincluding Oliver Sacks, Temple Grandin, Richard Powers, Siri Hustvedt, and Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyayanalyzing the way they experiment with literary forms to frame new views of the immaterial experiences that compose a self. He argues that their work offers a necessary counterbalance to a wider cultural neuromania that seeks out purely neural explanations for human behaviors as varied as reading, economics, empathy, and racism. Building on recent scholarship, Tougaws evenhanded account will be an original contribution to the growing field of neuroscience and literature.

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Winner of the Outstanding Academic Title for 2018 award sponsored by Choice"A remarkably sane book. Tougaw's analyses show a supple and adroit mind at work."-N. Katherine Hayles, author of Unthought: Read more...

 
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