A scientist's exploration of the working of memory begins with a story by Borges about a man who could not forget.
Imagine the astonishment felt by neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga when he found a fantastically precise interpretation of his research findings in a story written by the great Argentinian fabulist Jorge Luis Borges fifty years earlier. Quian Quiroga studies the workings of the brain -- in particular how memory works -- one of the most complex and elusive mysteries of science. He and his fellow neuroscientists have at their disposal sophisticated imaging equipment and access to information not available just twenty years ago. And yet Borges seemed to have imagined the gist of Quian Quiroga's discoveries decades before he made them.
The title character of Borges's "Funes the Memorious" remembers everything in excruciatingly particular detail but is unable to grasp abstract ideas. Quian Quiroga found neurons in the human brain that respond to abstract concepts but ignore particular details, and, spurred by the way Borges imagined the consequences of remembering every detail but being incapable of abstraction, he began a search for the origins of Funes. Borges's widow, Maria Kodama, gave him access to her husband's personal library, and Borges's books led Quian Quiroga to reread earlier thinkers in philosophy and psychology. He found that just as Borges had perhaps dreamed the results of Quian Quiroga's discoveries, other thinkers -- William James, Gustav Spiller, John Stuart Mill -- had perhaps also dreamed a story like "Funes."
With Borges and Memory, Quian Quiroga has given us a fascinating and accessible story about the workings of the brain that the great creator of Funes would appreciate.
Автор: Hendrix Harald Название: Writers` Houses and the Making of Memory ISBN: 0415540828 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780415540827 Издательство: Taylor&Francis Рейтинг: Цена: 5813 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: This innovative new book examines the ways in which writers’ houses contribute to the making of memory. It shows that houses built or inhabited by poets and novelists both reflect and construct the author’s private and artistic persona; it also demonstrates how this materialized process of self-fashioning is subsequently appropriated within various strategies and policies of cultural memory.
Описание: This book provides innovative readings of the key texts of A.S. Byatt`s oeuvre by analysing the negotiations of individual identity, cultural memory, and literature which inform Byatt`s novels. Steveker explores the concepts of identity constructed in the novels, showing them to be deeply rooted in British literary history and cultural memory.
Описание: Engaging debates over the nature of subjectivity in early modern England, this fascinating and original study examines sixteenth- and seventeenth-century
conceptions of memory and forgetting, and their importance to the drama and culture of the time. Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.
discusses memory and forgetting as categories in
terms of which a variety of behaviours - from seeking salvation to pursuing vengeance to succumbing to desire - are conceptualized. Drawing upon a range of literary and non-literary
discourses, represented by treatises on the passions, sermons, anti-theatrical tracts, epic poems and more, Shakespeare, Marlowe and Webster stage 'self-recollection' and, more
commonly, 'self-forgetting', the latter providing a powerful model for dramatic subjectivity. Focusing on works such as Macbeth, Hamlet, Dr.
Faustus and The Duchess of Malfi,
Sullivan reveals memory and forgetting to be dynamic cultural forces central to early modern understandings of embodiment, selfhood and social practice.
Автор: Fussell Paul Название: The Great War and Modern Memory ISBN: 0199971951 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780199971954 Издательство: Oxford Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 1494 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: A new edition of Paul Fussell`s literate, literary, and illuminating account of the Great War, now a classic text of literary and cultural criticism.
Автор: Hiscock Название: Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature ISBN: 0521761212 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780521761215 Издательство: Cambridge Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 7708 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Focusing on the lively debate of memory, this book maps how radical cultural and political changes shaped early modern England.
Автор: Seider Название: Memory in Vergil`s Aeneid ISBN: 110703180X ISBN-13(EAN): 9781107031807 Издательство: Cambridge Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 9203 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Tracing the path from Troy's destruction to Rome's foundation, the Aeneid explores the transition between past and future. As the Trojans struggle to found a new city and the narrator sings of his audience's often-painful history, memory becomes intertwined with a crucial leitmotif: the challenge of being part of a group that survives violence and destruction only to face the daunting task of remembering what was lost. This book offers a new reading of the Aeneid that engages with critical work on memory and questions the prevailing view that Aeneas must forget his disastrous history in order to escape from a cycle of loss. Considering crucial scenes such as Aeneas' reconstruction of Celaeno's prophecy and his slaying of Turnus, this book demonstrates that memory in the Aeneid is a reconstructive and dynamic process, one that offers a social and narrative mechanism for integrating a traumatic past with an uncertain future.
Описание: This book investigates the ambivalent responses to the opposing compulsions of memory and forgetting in cultural production in South Asia. Mallot reveals how writers such as Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje, and Amitav Ghosh indict nationalism`s sins by accessing and encoding the past.
The first decade of the twenty-first century witnessed a passionate engagement with the losses of the past. "Rites of Return" examines the effects of this legacy of historical injustice and documented suffering on the politics of the present. Twenty-four writers, historians, literary and cultural critics, anthropologists and sociologists, visual artists, legal scholars, and curators grapple with our contemporary ethical endeavor to redress enduring inequities and retrieve lost histories. Mapping bold and broad-based responses to past injury across Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, Australia, the Middle East, and the United States, "Rites of Return" examines new technologies of genetic and genealogical research, memoirs about lost family histories, the popularity of roots-seeking journeys, organized trauma tourism at sites of atrocity and new Museums of Conscience, and profound connections between social rites and political and legal rights of return.
Contributors include: Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University; Nadia Abu El-Haj, Barnard College; Elazar Barkan, Columbia University; Svetlana Boym, Harvard University; Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University; Amira Hass, journalist; Jarrod Hayes, University of Michigan; Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University; Eva Hoffman, writer; Margaret Homans, Yale University; Rosanne Kennedy, Australian National University; Daniel Mendelsohn, writer; Susan Meiselas, photographer; Nancy K. Miller, CUNY Graduate Center; Alondra Nelson, Columbia University; Jay Prosser, University of Leeds; Liz Sevchenko, Coalition of Museums of Conscience; Leo Spitzer, Dartmouth College; Marita Sturken New York University; Diana Taylor, New York University; Patricia J. Williams, Columbia University
Автор: Wilder Название: Shakespeare`s Memory Theatre ISBN: 0521764556 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780521764551 Издательство: Cambridge Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 7708 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Ranging from Yorick's skull to Desdemona's handkerchief, Shakespeare's mnemonic objects help audiences to recall, or imagine, staged and unstaged pasts. This study reinterprets the 'places' and 'objects' of the memory arts as a conceptual model for theatrical performance. While the memory arts demand a 'masculine' mental and physical discipline, recollection in Shakespeare's plays exploits the distrusted physicality of women and clowns. In Shakespeare's 'memory theatre', some mnemonic objects, such as Prospero's books, are notable by their absence; others, such as the portraits of Claudius and Old Hamlet, embody absence. Absence creates an atmosphere of unfulfilled desire. Engaging this desire, the plays create a theatrical community that remembers past performances. Combining materialist, historicist, and cognitive approaches, Wilder establishes the importance of recollection for understanding the structure of Shakespeare's plays and the social work done by performance in early modern London.
Автор: Schmitt, Cannon Название: Darwin and the memory of the human ISBN: 0521765609 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780521765602 Издательство: Cambridge Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 8052 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: When the young Charles Darwin landed on the shores of Tierra del Fuego in 1832, he was overwhelmed: nothing had prepared him for the sight of what he called ‘an untamed savage’. The shock he felt, repeatedly recalled in later years, definitively shaped his theory of evolution. In this original and wide-ranging study, Cannon Schmitt shows how Darwin and other Victorian naturalists transformed such encounters with South America and its indigenous peoples into influential accounts of biological and historical change. Redefining what it means to be human, they argue that the modern self must be understood in relation to a variety of pasts – personal, historical, and ancestral – conceived of as savage. Schmitt reshapes our understanding of Victorian imperialism, revisits the implications of Darwinian theory, and demonstrates the pertinence of nineteenth-century biological thought to current theorizations of memory.
Автор: John McWilliams Название: New England`s Crises and Cultural Memory ISBN: 0521826837 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780521826839 Издательство: Cambridge Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 10123 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: In this magisterial study, John McWilliams traces the development of New England’s influential cultural identity. Through written responses to historical crises from early New England through the pre-Civil War period, McWilliams argues that the meaning of ‘New England’, despite claims for its consistency, was continuously reformulated. The significance of past crises was forever being reinterpreted for the purpose of meeting succeeding crises. The crises he examines include starvation, the Indian wars, the Salem witch trials, the Revolution of 1775–1776, and slavery. Integrating history, literature, politics, and religion, this is one of the most comprehensive studies of the meaning of ‘New England’ to appear in print. McWilliams considers a range of writing including George Bancroft's History of the United States, the political essays of Samuel Adams, the fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne and the poetry of Robert Lowell. This compelling book is essential reading for historians and literary critics of New England.
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