Literature, neurology, and neuroscience : historical and literary connections / edited by Anne Stiles, Stanley Finger, François Boller.

Contributor(s): Stiles, Anne, 1975- [editor.] | Finger, Stanley [editor.] | Boller, François [editor.]
Material type: TextTextSeries: Progress in brain research: v. 205.Publisher: Amsterdam, the Netherlands : Elsevier, 2013Edition: First editionDescription: 1 online resource (ix, 352 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780444632739; 0444632735Subject(s): Neurology -- History | Neurosciences -- History | Neurosciences and the humanities | Neurology | Neurosciences | Neurosciences and the humanities | Medicine in Literature | History of Medicine | History, 18th Century | History, 19th Century | History, 20th Century | Neurology -- history | Neurosciences -- history | PhysiciansGenre/Form: Electronic books. | History. | Electronic book. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Literature, neurology, and neuroscience.DDC classification: 616.809 LOC classification: RC338Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Part 1: Literature and neuroscientific discoveries. The overlooked literary path to modern electrophysiology: philosophical dialogues, novels, and travel books / Stanley Finger -- Oscar Wilde and the brain cell / Elisha Cohn -- Forgetting the madeleine: Proust and the neurosciences / Patrick M. Bray -- Optograms and criminology: science, news reporting, and fanciful novels / Douglas J. Lanska -- Part 2: Theories of brain and mind in literature. Phrenology and physiognomy in Victorian literature -- Rhonda Boshears, Harry Whitaker -- Neurological and psychological constructs in Sheridan Le Fanu's In a glass darkly / Sheryl R. Ginn -- Part 3: Making literary connections. Lord Byron's physician: John William Polidori on somnambulism / Stanley Finger, Anne Stiles -- Return of the living dead: re-reading Pierre Flourens' contributions to neurophysiology and literature / Sharman Levinson -- Peter Mark Roget: physician, scientist, systematist; his Thesaurus and his impact on 19th-Century neuroscience / Lawrence Kruger, Stanley Finger -- Bram Stoker's brother, the brain surgeon / Anne Stiles -- Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, and Isaac Pulvermacher's "magic band" / Robert K. Waits -- Alexander Forbes, Walter Cannon, and science-based literature / Justin Garson -- Part 4: Creativity and aesthetics. Neurology, poetry and the First World War of 1914-1918 / Christopher Gardner-Thorpe -- Epilepsy in Dostoevsky / Ivan Iniesta -- Mindblindness: metaphor and neuroaesthetics in the works of Silas Weir Mitchell and Simon Baron-Cohen / Kristine Swenson -- Literary aesthetics: beauty, the brain, and Mrs. Dalloway / Patrick Colm Hogan.
Summary: This volume on the neurosciences, neurology, and literature vividly shows how science and the humanities can come together --- and have come together in the past. Its sections provide a new, broad look at these interactions, which have received surprisingly little attention in the past. Experts in the field cover literature as a window to neurological and scientific zeitgeists, theories of brain and mind in literature, famous authors and their suspected neurological disorders, and how neurological disorders and treatments have been described in literature. In addition, a myriad of other topics are covered, including some on famous authors whose important connections to the neurosciences have been overlooked (e.g., Roget, of Thesaurus fame), famous neuroscientists who should also be associated with literature, and some overlooked scientific and medical men who helped others produce great literary works (e, g., Bram Stoker's Dracula). There has not been a volume with this coverage in the past, and the connections it provides should prove fascinating to individuals in science, medicine, history, literature, and various other disciplines. This book looks at literature, medicine, and the brain sciences both historically and in the light of the newest scholarly discoveries and insights.
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"This is the first of two volumes ... These ... were preceded in 2013 by two other edited volumes, The Fine Arts, Neurology, and Neuroscience, and they will be followed (in 2015) by two volumes to be called Music, Neurology, and Neuroscience."--Volume 205, page vii.

This volume on the neurosciences, neurology, and literature vividly shows how science and the humanities can come together --- and have come together in the past. Its sections provide a new, broad look at these interactions, which have received surprisingly little attention in the past. Experts in the field cover literature as a window to neurological and scientific zeitgeists, theories of brain and mind in literature, famous authors and their suspected neurological disorders, and how neurological disorders and treatments have been described in literature. In addition, a myriad of other topics are covered, including some on famous authors whose important connections to the neurosciences have been overlooked (e.g., Roget, of Thesaurus fame), famous neuroscientists who should also be associated with literature, and some overlooked scientific and medical men who helped others produce great literary works (e, g., Bram Stoker's Dracula). There has not been a volume with this coverage in the past, and the connections it provides should prove fascinating to individuals in science, medicine, history, literature, and various other disciplines. This book looks at literature, medicine, and the brain sciences both historically and in the light of the newest scholarly discoveries and insights.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part 1: Literature and neuroscientific discoveries. The overlooked literary path to modern electrophysiology: philosophical dialogues, novels, and travel books / Stanley Finger -- Oscar Wilde and the brain cell / Elisha Cohn -- Forgetting the madeleine: Proust and the neurosciences / Patrick M. Bray -- Optograms and criminology: science, news reporting, and fanciful novels / Douglas J. Lanska -- Part 2: Theories of brain and mind in literature. Phrenology and physiognomy in Victorian literature -- Rhonda Boshears, Harry Whitaker -- Neurological and psychological constructs in Sheridan Le Fanu's In a glass darkly / Sheryl R. Ginn -- Part 3: Making literary connections. Lord Byron's physician: John William Polidori on somnambulism / Stanley Finger, Anne Stiles -- Return of the living dead: re-reading Pierre Flourens' contributions to neurophysiology and literature / Sharman Levinson -- Peter Mark Roget: physician, scientist, systematist; his Thesaurus and his impact on 19th-Century neuroscience / Lawrence Kruger, Stanley Finger -- Bram Stoker's brother, the brain surgeon / Anne Stiles -- Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, and Isaac Pulvermacher's "magic band" / Robert K. Waits -- Alexander Forbes, Walter Cannon, and science-based literature / Justin Garson -- Part 4: Creativity and aesthetics. Neurology, poetry and the First World War of 1914-1918 / Christopher Gardner-Thorpe -- Epilepsy in Dostoevsky / Ivan Iniesta -- Mindblindness: metaphor and neuroaesthetics in the works of Silas Weir Mitchell and Simon Baron-Cohen / Kristine Swenson -- Literary aesthetics: beauty, the brain, and Mrs. Dalloway / Patrick Colm Hogan.

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