Cognitive Joyce : the Neuronal Text

Venue: Paris

Location: Paris, France

Event Date/Time: May 27, 2011 End Date/Time: May 28, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 31, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Jan 31, 2011
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The primary objective of this conference will be to highlight and dissect the mental and neuro-physiological mechanisms, such as perception, attention, memory, reasoning or communication, through which Joyce's characters build up their knowledge. These cognitive mechanisms will also be studied in their relation to action and motricity in order to underline, for instance, the interval between stimulus and reaction, or the time-lag between the planning of an action and its carrying out. For this cognitive perspective, far from relying on a separation between body and mind, encourages one on the contrary to question the link between body and mental processes in the Joycean text, and the way they articulate.
Such an approach, in turn, gives rise to other important questions, such as that of the relationship between aesthetics and creation, that is to say, the idea of art conceived as a cognitive activity. Stephen, in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, apprehends any aesthetic relationship as a cognitive experience grounded on Aquinas's categories (integritas, consonantia, claritas), according to which the epiphany becomes the last cognitive stage in the artistic process.
Furthermore, another topic which will come under study will be the relationship between fiction and cognition. If Joyce's oeuvre can be defined as a full-fledged cognitive construct, the reader's relationship to the text also falls within the province of cognition: what cognitive skills and what chain of mental operations do both the writing and the reading of Joyce's text require?
Within the frame of this dialogue between cognitive sciences and literature, trans-disciplinary approaches will be encouraged, and papers belonging to the fields of linguistics (especially cognitive linguistics), philosophy and comparative literature will all be welcomed.