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Elusive Brain : Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience - by Jason Tougaw (Hardcover)

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Featuring a foreword by renowned neuroscientist Joseph E. LeDoux, The Elusive Brain is an illuminating, comprehensive survey of contemporary literature’s engagement with neuroscience. This fascinating book explores how literature interacts with neuroscience to provide a better understanding of the brain’s relationship to the self.

Jason Tougaw surveys the work of contemporary writers—including Oliver Sacks, Temple Grandin, Richard Powers, Siri Hustvedt, and Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay—analyzing 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, Tougaw’s evenhanded account will be an original contribution to the growing field of neuroscience and literature.
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Literary Criticism, Science
Sub-Genre: Comparative Literature, Life Sciences
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Book theme: Neuroscience
Author: Jason Tougaw
Language: English
Street Date: April 24, 2018
TCIN: 53390020
UPC: 9780300221176
Item Number (DPCI): 248-64-1714
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