Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Artworks and brain-works find their mediated space of connection in the mind—in how the mind imagines. Neuroaesthetics is its disciplinary practice. For us, as narrative theorists, neuroaesthetics helps uncover how the novel, the great verbal art form of the verbal mind, is the aesthetic of consciousness, the aesthetic that tells the mind’s story. James Joyce’s Ulysses, that rarest of novels, unparalleled in its experiments with giving verbal form to consciousness, models how. My claim is that the mind-work of Ulysses throws a spotlight on the “illusions of consciousness.” Drawing on the mind-brain research of Semir Zeki, Antonio Damasio, Jaak Panksepp, J. Allan Hobson, and, most of all, Daniel N. Stern, I analyze Ulysses for its revelations and verbal formalizations of consciousness through Joyce’s “yes” and what I’m calling the “‘yes’ mental states” of Ulysses—the synthetic concept generation of Stephen’s mind, the SEEKING system of Bloom’s mind, and the “yes I said yes I will Yes” of Molly’s mind.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1538-974X
Print ISSN
1063-3685
Pages
pp. 269-288
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-26
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.