A Couple of Announcements

by Jason Tougaw

My essay about my enduring crush on the life and writing of Christopher Isherwood is out today on Literary Hub.

My book The Elusive Brain is out now, with Yale University Press.

“A remarkably sane book. Tougaw’s analyses show a supple and adroit mind at work.”
—N. Katherine Hayles, author of Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious

“This excellent book on the relationship between the brain and experimental literature weaves together original and compelling intellectual strands that ultimately have much to say about not only contemporary neuroliterary work, but also about our present moment. With rigor and originality, Tougaw paves the way for a new type of thinking that will push the boundaries of multidisciplinary investigation.”—Sebastian Groes, University of Wolverhampton, UK

“Through his astute analysis of the literature that has come in the wake of neuromania, Tougaw deftly undermines the schisms that usually plague debates about psyche, soma, and world to reveal the complex ambiguities in both the science and the art of the brain.”
—Siri Hustvedt, author of A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women

The Elusive Brain is a stunning book that does more than bridge literary studies and the neurosciences. This book uses contemporary literature and culture to explore the deepest questions raised by 21st century understandings of the brain and the nervous system. Readers of literature, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology and neuroscience will be fascinated by this interdisciplinary study of the brain, self and culture.”
—Victoria Pitts-Taylor, author of The Brain’s Body

“Tougaw’s provocative deep dive into the burgeoning genre of literature informed by brain science — from ‘neuronovels’ to autistic autobiographies and beyond — should be of interest to anyone concerned with the essential questions of what makes us human, how we narrate our own experience, and the shifting boundaries of brain, mind, self, and society.”
—Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

 

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