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Ulysses and the Poetics of Cognition

1st Edition

By Patrick Colm Hogan


254 pages

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Given Ulysses’ perhaps unparalleled attention to the operations of the human mind, it is unsurprising that critics have explored the work’s psychology. Nonetheless, there has been very little research that draws on recent cognitive science to examine thought and emotion in this novel. Hogan sets out to expand our understanding of Ulysses, as well as our theoretical comprehension of narrative—and even our views of human cognition. He revises the main narratological accounts of the novel, clarifying the complex nature of narration and style. He extends his cognitive study to encompass the anti-colonial and gender concerns that are so obviously important to Joyce’s work. Finally, through a combination of broad overviews and detailed textual analyses, Hogan seeks to make this notoriously difficult book more accessible to non-specialists.


"This is a doubly brilliant book: set to become the standard account of Ulysses and the perfect exemplar so far of the richness that a cognitive scientific approach to literature can bring." --Peter Stockwell, Professor of Literary Linguistics, University of Nottingham, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction. Ulysses and the Human Mind 1. Shame and Beauty: "Telemachus" and "Nestor" 2. Identity and Emotion: "Proteus" 3. Simulating Stories: "Calypso," "Lotus Eaters," and "Scylla and Charybdis" 4. Narration, Style, and Simulation: "Hades," "Aeolus," and "Lestrygonians" 5. Psychological Realism and Parallel Processing: From "Wandering Rocks" to "Sirens" 6. Critical Realism and Parallel Narration: "Cyclops" and "Nausicaa" 7. Style Unbound: "Oxen of the Sun" 8. Metaphor, Realism, and Fantasy: "Circe" 9. Narrational Duality, Loneliness, and Guilt: "Eumaeus," "Ithaca," and "Penelope" Afterword. An Outline of Theoretical Concepts and Principles

About the Author

Patrick Colm Hogan is Professor in the Department of English and the Program in Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut, USA.

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Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics offers original, dynamic academic investigations into the related fields of rhetoric and stylistics. Books will focus on rhetorical or stylistic approaches to pedagogy, cognition, emotion, corpora, and multimodality, incorporating analytic studies conducted on the synchronic and/or diachronic discourses of literature, politics, law, news, advertisements, business, academe, and other subjects. This exciting series offers an innovative and challenging range of texts, providing rich resources for students and researchers alike.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh