Flaubert's Brain: Neurohumanities
Consideration of "realist" fiction of Gustave Flaubert from social and cognitive neuroscience perspective. Investigation of implications of Flaubert's illustration of cognitive, affective, and somatic experiences of his characters, and his own experience, e.g. lapses of consciousness, convulsions, heightened emotions. Use of digital resources to chart emerging discourses and patterns in documentation of neuropathology, while attempting to define unique properties of fiction as literary “technology,” e.g. by consideration of realist mimesis as analogous to mapping and other technologies documenting brain function/dysfunction. Lecture in English, with discussion sections in English or French. One course.