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Imagining Minds explores how the novels of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy create the felt-quality of their authoring minds and of the minds they author by bringing their writing in relation to cognitive neuroscience accounts of the mind-brain, especially of William James and Antonio Damasio. It is in that relational space between the novels and theories of mind-brain that Kay Young works through her fundamental claim: the novel writes about the nature of mind, narrates it at work, and stimulates us to know deepened experiences of consciousness in its touching of our reading minds. While, in addition to James and Damasio, Young draws on a range of theories of mind-brain generated by current research in philosophy, neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis to help her understand the novel’s imagining of mind, her claim is that those disciplines cannot themselves perform the more fully integrated because embodied and emotionally stimulating mind work of the novel—mind work that prompts us as their readers to better know our own minds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-7
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  1. Illustrations & Tables
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. ix-13
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 27-41
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  1. “A Mind Lively and at Ease”
  2. pp. 29-50
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  1. “You Pierce My Soul”
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 69-83
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  1. “A Voice Like Music”
  2. pp. 71-93
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  1. “Beloved Ideas Made Flesh”
  2. pp. 94-124
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 125-139
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  1. “Now I Am Melancholy Mad”
  2. pp. 127-156
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  1. “That Blue Narcotic Haze”
  2. pp. 157-184
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  1. The Neurology of Narrative
  2. pp. 185-194
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-218
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814270929
Related ISBN
9780814251744
MARC Record
OCLC
868220158
Pages
218
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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