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Cognitive fictions / Joseph Tabbi

Main Author Tabbi, Joseph, 1960- Country Estados Unidos. Publication Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2002 Description XXVII, 166 p. ; 24 cm Series Electronic mediations , 8 ISBN 0-8166-3557-9 CDU 820(73)"19" 82.0
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Bringing together cognitive science and literary analysis to map a new "media ecology," Cognitive Fictions limns an evolutionary process in which literature must find its place in an artificial environment partly produced and thoroughly mediated by technological means. Joseph Tabbi provides a penetrating account of a developing consciousness emerging from the struggle between print and electronic systems of communication. Central to Tabbi's work is the relation between the arrangement of communicating "modules" that cognitive science uses to describe the human mind and the arrangement of visual, verbal, and aural media in our technological culture. He looks at particular literary works by Thomas Pynchon, Richard Powers, David Markson, Lynne Tillman, Paul Auster, and others as both inscriptions of thought consistent with distributed cognitive models, and as self-creations out of the media environment. The first close reading of contemporary American writing in the light of systems theory and cognitive science, Cognitive Fictions makes needed sense of how the moment-by-moment operations of human thought find narrative form in a world increasingly defined by competing and often incompatible representations. Book jacket.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  • Introduction (p. ix)
  • 1. A Media Theory of the Unconscious (p. 1)
  • 2. Mapping the Cor(e)tex(t): Thomas Pynchon (p. 25)
  • 3. Fiction to the Second Powers (p. 54)
  • 4. Solitary Invention: Observing Auster's Observations (p. 77)
  • 5. David Markson at the End of the Line (p. 99)
  • A Media Migration: Toward a Potential Literature (p. 119)
  • Notes (p. 145)
  • Works Cited (p. 153)
  • Index (p. 159)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Including English translations of such important works as Pierre Levy's Cyberculture (2001) and Vilem Flusser's Writings (2002), Minnesota's excellent "Electronic Mediations" series makes available in English pioneering work on the new practices that structure culture in a transnational and digital world. In Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk (CH, Dec'95), Tabbi (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) demonstrated insight into the transitional moment in studies of literature and technology (roughly 1974-88, when "technology" could still mean the ballistic missile rather than the Internet). He has now produced a first-rate study of the new era characterized by "the circulation of meaning through multiple media" (print, the Internet, film, television)--a phenomenon coupled with questions emanating from cognitive studies of consciousness. Tabbi shows how both the nature and current understanding of literary consciousness is changing as it is resituated in the new media ecology. He does so through readings of the new science of cognition and novels by Thomas Pynchon, Richard Powers, Paul Auster, David Markson, and others. Though Tabbi's prose is not always lucid, the book struggles toward clarity on new issues shaping the study of literature and culture. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. Tololyan Wesleyan University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Joseph Tabbi is a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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