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Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Mind, Models, and Exploratory Narratives

Marco Bernini


How can literature enhance, parallel or reassess the scientific study of the mind? Or is literature instead limited to the ancillary role of representing cognitive processes? Beckett and the Cognitive Method argues that Beckett’s narrative work, rather than just expressing or rendering cognition and mental states, inaugurates an exploratory use of narrative as an introspective modeling technology (defined as “introspection by simulation”). Through a detailed analysis of Beckett’s entire corpus and published volumes of letters, the book argues that Beckett pioneered a new method of writing to c ... More

Keywords: Samuel Beckett, cognitive literary studies, narrative theory, narrative self, inner experience, cognitive modeling, enactivism, extended mind introspection, emergence and complexity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190664350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Bernini, author
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Literary Studies, Durham University