The Mimetic Brain: Literature and Cognition
Exploration of mimesis (representation of reality) in dialogue with neuroscience research on consciousness, memory, imitation, sensory perception, sense of self. Early modern and modern conceptions of mind/body relationship and cognitive identities. Focus on 19th century France, including fiction and poetry by Balzac, Desbordes-Valmore, Flaubert, Rimbaud, Maupassant, Proust. Literary and neuroscience readings in context of 19th century Parisian cultural history and development of neurology, psychiatry, and related fields. Lecture in English with a separate French section for students with advanced French skills registered under French 342A. Offered through Duke-in-Paris program.