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NCF and ECSG: "Jane Austen, Attention, and Distraction: A Conversation with Natalie Phillips, Erin Beard, and Nathan Leaman, Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab, Michigan State University"


This event is co-sponsored by the Nineteenth Century Forum, the Eighteenth Century Studies Group, and English 861. The two readings we will discuss at this event are by Natalie Phillips,“Distraction and Liveliness of Mind," and “Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind.” These essays represent her research in progress. Please contact Christie Allen (crisanne@umich.edu) for copies of the reading.

We will also be serving lunch at 11:30. If you would like to stay for the lunch, please RSVP to Aran Ruth at aranruth@umich.edu by noon on Monday, November 18th.

Natalie Phillips, Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, specializes in 18th-century literature, the history of mind, and cognitive approaches to narrative. Her first book project, Distraction: Problems of Attention in Eighteenth-Century Literature (in progress) traces how changing Enlightenment ideas about the unfocused mind reshaped literary form.  She is also a leading figure in the emerging field of literary neuroscience, pioneering a series of interdisciplinary experiments that use neuroscientific tools, such as fMRI and eye tracking, to explore the cognitive dynamics of literary reading. She is co-founder of the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab in the Department of English at MSU, and Lead Faculty for Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind.

Erin Beard and Nathan Leaman are PhD candidates at MSU and members of the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab.


Start Time: 11/20/2013  10:00 AM
Location: 3222 AH
Contact: crisanne@umich.edu
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