Subjects of Substance

Recent American Literature and the Materiality of Mind

Julian Henneberg

Transcript-Verlag

Subjects of Substance

Pub Date: July 2020

ISBN: 9783837649291

340 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Subjects of Substance

Recent American Literature and the Materiality of Mind

Julian Henneberg

Transcript-Verlag

Subjects of Substance traces the ways in which materialist conceptions of selfhood inspire and shape recent U.S. literature. While disciplines like neuroscience and evolutionary biology transform the human self from an immaterial essence into a material construct, authors likewise develop conceptions of somatic subjectivity in conjunction and in contrast with scientific and medical discourses. The present study examines the forms, functions, and effects of materialist models of mind in a number of memoirs and novels. Authors discussed include Michael Clune, Don DeLillo, Kay Redfield Jamison, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers, Elyn R. Saks, and David Foster Wallace.

About the Author

Julian Henneberg, born in 1981, earned his doctorate from the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He lives and works in Berlin.