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Memory in Literature

From Rousseau to Neuroscience

Authors: Nalbantian, S.

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This book is the first to discover and probe in depth memory phenomena captured in literary works. Using literature as a laboratory for the workings of the mind, this comparative study of writers from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Octavio Paz, including Proust, Breton, Woolf and Faulkner, uncovers valuable material for the classification of the memory process. Nalbantian's daring interdisciplinary work, involving literature, science, and art, forges a new model for dialogue between the disciplines.

About the authors

SUZANNE NALBANTIAN is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Long Island University. She received her PhD from Columbia University and is a permanent member of its Society of Fellows in the Humanities. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth-century European literatures, she is the author of The Symbol of the Soul from Hoderlin to Yeats, Seeds of Decadence in the Late Nineteenth-Century Novel, and Aesthetic Autobiography: From Life to Art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Anais Nin. She has also edited Anais Nin: Literary Perspectives.

Reviews

'In this book, Suzanne Nalbantian boldly ushers in a new way of writing

about literature. She bridges the gap between literary criticism and the

neurosciences by focusing on the phenomenon of memory as a site of

interdisciplinary interaction. Fully informed about the recent

developments of neurosciences, this book reopens a debate initiated at the

turn of the last century with James and Bergson...' - Professor Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania

'Suzanne Nalbantian's Memory in Literature is a remarkable contribution to the voluminous literature on this most popular of subjects. Her range of reference, which includes not only a dozen major novelists and poets but painters as well along with all the major players from psychology and neuroscience, is most impressive. As she moves easily between languages she achieves an overview of the subject that is linguistically unconfined' - Professor James Olney, Louisiana State University

'There is much of interest here and much to learn from this sophisticated book.' - Brain: A Journal of Neurology

'well-informed and readable book' - Michael Eskin, Arcadia


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Nalbantian, Suzanne

    Pages 1-5

  • Memory in the Era of Dynamic Psychology: Nineteenth-Century Backgrounds

    Nalbantian, Suzanne

    Pages 6-23

  • Rousseau and the Romantics: Autobiographical Memory and Emotion

    Nalbantian, Suzanne

    Pages 24-42

  • Baudelaire, Rimbaud and ‘Le Cerveau’: Sensory Pathways to Memory

    Nalbantian, Suzanne

    Pages 43-59

  • Proust and the Engram: The Trigger of the Senses

    Suzanne Nalbantian

    Pages 60-76

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eBook $29.99
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Hardcover $150.00
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Softcover $42.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4039-6687-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Memory in Literature
Book Subtitle
From Rousseau to Neuroscience
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Suzanne Nalbantian
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-28712-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230287129
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-74065-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6687-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 185
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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