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Memory in Literature : From Rousseau to Neuroscience - Suzanne Nalbantian

Memory in Literature

From Rousseau to Neuroscience

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This book is the first to discover and probe in depth memory phenomena captured in literary works. Using literature as a laboratory for the workings of the mind, this comparative study of writers from Jean Jacques Rousseau to Octavio Paz, including Proust, Breton, Woolf and Faulkner, uncovers valuable material for the classification of the memory process. Nalbantian's daring interdisciplinary work, involving literature, science, and art, forges a new model for dialogue between the disciplines.

'In this book, Suzanne Nalbantian boldly ushers in a new way of writing

about literature. She bridges the gap between literary criticism and the

neurosciences by focusing on the phenomenon of memory as a site of

interdisciplinary interaction. Fully informed about the recent

developments of neurosciences, this book reopens a debate initiated at the

turn of the last century with James and Bergson...' - Professor Jean-Michel Rabate, University of Pennsylvania



'Suzanne Nalbantian's Memory in Literature is a remarkable contribution to the voluminous literature on this most popular of subjects. Her range of reference, which includes not only a dozen major novelists and poets but painters as well along with all the major players from psychology and neuroscience, is most impressive. As she moves easily between languages she achieves an overview of the subject that is linguistically unconfined' - Professor James Olney, Louisiana State University



'There is much of interest here and much to learn from this sophisticated book.' - Brain: A Journal of Neurology



'well-informed and readable book' - Michael Eskin, Arcadia

List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Note on the Text
Introduction
Memory in the Era of Dynamic Psychology: Nineteenth-Century Backgrounds
Rousseau and the Romantics: Autobiographical Memory and Emotion
Baudelaire, Rimbauld, and Le Cerveau: Sensory Pathways to Memory
Proust and the Engram: The Trigger of the Senses
Woolf, Joyce and Faulkner: Associative Memory
Apollinaire, Breton, and the Surrealists: Automatism and Aleatory Memory
Nin, Borges and Paz: Labyrinthine
Passageways of Mind and Language
The Almond and the Seahorse: Neuroscientific Queries
Afterword: Images of the Artists: Dali, Dominguez and Magritte
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781403966872
ISBN-10: 1403966877
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 185
Published: 15th November 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition