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Henneberg, Julian

Subjects of Substance

Recent American Literature and the Materiality of Mind

Series:American Culture Studies 28

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    December 2019
    ISBN
    978-3-8394-4929-5
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    Subjects of Substance traces the ways in which materialist conceptions of selfhood inspire and shape recent U.S. literature. While disciplines like neuroscience and evolutionary biology transform the human self from an immaterial essence into a material construct, authors likewise develop conceptions of somatic subjectivity in conjunction and in contrast with scientific and medical discourses. The present study examines the forms, functions, and effects of materialist models of mind in a number of memoirs and novels. Authors discussed include Michael Clune, Don DeLillo, Kay Redfield Jamison, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers, Elyn R. Saks, and David Foster Wallace.

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    340 pages
    TRANSCRIPT
    Language:
    English
    Keyword(s):
    Neuroscience,Self,Brain,Materialism,Literature,America,Human,American Studies,General Literature Studies,Body,Philosophical Anthropology,Literary Studies
    Readership:
    Professional and scholarly;

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