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Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines

Literature with Other Arts

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Edited By Haun Saussy and Gerald Gillespie

This volume advances the study of how the high arts and literature are reciprocally illuminating and interactive. Seventeen scholars from North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe demonstrate the dynamics of cross-referentiality and mixtures involving also newer and popular arts and media: photography, film, video, comics, dance, opera, computer imaging, and more. They consider an expanded universe of discourses embracing contemporary science as well as traditional subject matters. Discussions of theoretical and methodological approaches keep company here with intensively focused case studies of works in which discourses and media establish new relationships. Together, the chapters constitute a dazzling introduction to the diverse realm of imaginative products that the human mind can conjure in pondering the «when», «where», and «how» of existence.
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Neuro Studies of Literature and Art. Toward a Responsible Critical Methodology

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← 182 | 183 →Neuro Studies of Literature and Art

Toward a Responsible Critical Methodology

Suzanne NALBANTIAN

Long Island University

The alliance of literature, art and neuroscience is at the heart of interdisciplinarity in our age. Of all the sciences, neuroscience addresses the human factor with its neurobiological insights into perennial questions of memory, identity, emotion and cognition. Various noted neuroscientists are making ontological and epistemological statements about selfhood, consciousness, and truth that were once in the domain of traditional philosophy. While some of these neuroscientists have been reaching out to the humanities for information on these topics, they have not made systematic recourse to the experiential perspective of literature, though a few have attempted to analyze art under the rubric of neuroaesthetics. At the same time, some current cognitive literary critics, while making important gestures toward science, actually draw little from current neuroscience. Moreover, the emphasis by these critics on the cognitive ignores the fact that cognitive science is only one branch of the larger discipline of neuroscience, with only a small percentage of neuroscientific research relating to the cognitive. At the same time, in the field of neurophilosophy, there is the advance of extended mind theory, which neglects the neurobiology of the brain altogether. The researchers in the various fields are actually taking their own paths with little cognizance of each other. Comparative literary scholars are in a strong position to forge a plausible interdisciplinary methodology for conjoining neuroscience and the humanities,...

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