Joycean Text/Empathic Reader: A Modest Contribution to Literary Neuroaesthetics

  • Pierre-Louis Patoine
Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)


From the visual to the articulatory, from the rhythmical to the affective, and from the somesthetic to the spiritual, Stephen Dedalus’ poetic maturing in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man invites us to travel the paths leading from body to mind and from mind to body. How does Joyce’s writing formulate such an invitation? And how does the reader’s neurophysiological, imitative body respond to it? It is through a neuroaesthetic conception of reading as an embodied performance relying on empathic resonance and sensorimotor simulation that I propose to explore how the Joycean text reconfigures the reader’s sensorimotor experience.


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  • Pierre-Louis Patoine
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  1. 1.Université Sorbonne-NouvelleParisFrance

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