20 10 2009


Marco Roth has written a wonderful essay in N+1 on “The Rise of the Neuronovel.” It is an insightful, necessary examination of the trend, in the last decade or so, of novelists using neurological disorders such as Capgras syndrome, schizophrenia, Tourette’s, et al. to justify and explain away any eccentricities in their characters’ thoughts and in their own prose. This approach severely limits the project, inherited from modernism, of exploring human consciousness. These novelists, by bowing to the prevailing wisdom, that science will eventually explain and codify every wrinkle of human consciousness, have abandoned the worthy literary task of observing the remaining mysteries of our inner selves.




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