The Mimetic Brain: Literature and Cognition

ROMST242A

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.

Crosslisting Numbers

FRENCH342A, NEURO242A

Curriculum Codes
ALP, NS, STS