Thesis ID: CBB001567186

The Ghost and the Corpse: Figuring the Mind/Brain Complex at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (2010)


Kamerbeek, Christopher (Author)

University of Minnesota
Cucullu, Lois
Wright, John S
Scandura, Jani
Cucullu, Lois
Wright, John S
Rabinowitz, Paula
Scandura, Jani

Publication Date: 2010
Edition Details: Advisor: Rabinowitz, Paula; Committee Members: Scandura, Jani, Cucullu, Lois, Wright, John S.
Physical Details: 244 pp.
Language: English

My dissertation investigates how debates about the relationship of the mind and the brain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are refracted through literature and early cinema. I engage select literary texts and films of the period--including the private letters and public fictions of Henry James, the psychology of William James, the memoirs of Daniel Paul Schreber, the correspondence and case studies of Sigmund Freud, the films of the Edison Film Company, and the novels of Edward Bellamy--in order to demonstrate how concerns about the limits of the human body correspond with concerns about the limits of the text and the frame. Each of my chapters addresses the "afterlife" of posthumous interpretation--how individual subjects become objects of study, how individual bodies give way to literary archives, psychological cases, and film stock. I contend that the competing diagnostic practices of psychology and neurology model competing modes of seeing and reading and that the figures of the ghost and the corpse--the representative bodies of psychic and anatomical space--emerge as metaphors for the material and immaterial detritus of works of art.


Description Cited in Dissertation Abstracts International-A 72/02, Aug 2011. Proquest Document ID: 847026291.

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Authors & Contributors
Ferreri, Antonio M.
Larsen, Haley
Wolf, Stewart
Weber, Eric Thomas
Smith, Roger C.
Pierce, Philip
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
William James Studies
Science in Context
Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
American Journal of Theology and Philosophy
University of Miami
University of Delaware
Pacifica Graduate Institute
University of Virginia Press
University of Notre Dame
Transaction Publishers
Science and literature
Philosophy of mind
Mind and body
Symbolism; symbolic representation
Science and culture
James, William
Freud, Sigmund
James, Henry
Wundt, Wilhelm Max
Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich
Eliot, George
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
17th century
United States
Vienna (Austria)

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