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The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience

Jason Tougaw


The Elusive Brain is the first comprehensive survey of contemporary literature’s engagement with neuroscience. Jason Tougaw analyzes the works of contemporary writers—including Oliver Sacks, Temple Grandin, Richard Powers, Maud Casey, Jonathan Lethem, Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, and Siri Hustvedt, Ellen Forney, and David B.—arguing that their experiments with literary form offer a necessary counterbalance to a wider cultural neuromania that seeks out purely neural explanations for human behaviors as varied as reading, economics, empathy, and racism. Tougaw surveys memoirs about life with autis ... More

Keywords: Brain memoir, Neuronovel, Explanatory gap, Neurodiversity, Graphic narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300221176
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Tougaw, author
Queens College, City University of New York