Neuro Lit Crit

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For example, in 2010 “neuro lit crit” was presented as the “next big thing in English,” as “the cutting edge of literary studies,” and as an approach that might “save humanities” [...] Perhaps such claims generate among literary scholars a sense of “colonization” and “displacement.” However, even when those terms make sense, the bottom line has less to do with fears of oppression or suppression than with points 11 and 12 of our list, hierarchy and neglect.


As for hierarchy, the only feature that makes neuro lit crit “cutting edge” is the neuro label. The alliance with “science” moves literary studies closer to the top of the epistemic hierarchy—as if other methods provided no genuine insights, as if we hadn’t realized that reading literature may be worthwhile before brain-scanning technology existed, or as if assessments of cultural value could be brain based.

Vidal, Fernando and Ortega, Francisco. Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (Forms of Living)....

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Next Big Thing in English: Knowing They Know That You Know

Can 'Neuro Lit Crit' Save the Humanities?

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All events in the topic Chap. 2: Disciplines of the Neuro:


Invalid DateFirst use of the term NeuropoliticsFirst use of the term Neuropolitics
Invalid DateNeuropolitics, by William ConnollyNeuropolitics, by William Connolly
Invalid DateNeuroXNeuroX
Invalid DateNeuro Lit Crit
Invalid DatefMRI: A New Research Tool, by APAfMRI: A New Research Tool, by APA
Invalid DateU.S. Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
Invalid DateThe Development of ElectroencephalographyThe Development of Electroencephalography
Invalid DateInvention of fMRIInvention of fMRI