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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Conference Papers, Presentations and Panels

Conference Papers and Panels

�Transgressing the Uncanny Valley: Cyborg Sex and Android Incest,� Literary Criticism and the Fantastic, Durham University, 14 March 2014.

�Playing Gender: A Ludological Perspective on Tomb Raider,� Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now, Durham University, 8 March 2014.

�Video Games and Ageing,� Narrating Time Seminar Series, Durham University, 20 March 2014.

�How Communication Technology Structures Fiction: On Letters and Instant Messaging,� Contemporary Fiction Seminar Series, University of London, 20 November 2014.

�About the Research in English At Durham Blog,� Panel on Harnessing New and Old Media, Public Engagement for Postgraduates in the Arts and Humanities workshop, Durham University, 19 June 2013.

�No Sense of an Ending: Frank Kermode and Computer Game Narratives,� British Society for Literature and Science, University of Cambridge, 9 April 2011.

�Jameson and the Gangster: Grand Theft Auto as a Cognitive Map of the Postmodern Condition,� British Society for Literature and Science, Northumbria University, 9 April 2010.

�The Demonic Posthuman: Cybernetics, Possession and Postmodernism,� British Society for Literature and Science, Reading University, 29 April 2009.

�The Astronaut�s Transistorised Fist: Rereading the Ideological Space of 1969,� Stars: The Sciences and the Arts Postgraduate Conference, Durham University, 4 July 2008.

�The E-Volutionary Novel: Darwinian Digital Narratives,� Evolution of Literatures in European Cultures, Durham University, 6 April 2008.

�Man Has Come Back to His Own: Victorian Degeneration and Posthuman Enlightenment in War of the Worlds and Independence Day,� British Society for Literature and Science, Keele University, 27 March 2008.

�Neuroscience and the Future of Literary Criticism,� Ustinov College/Institute of Advanced Study Seminar, Durham University, 8 March 2008.

The Economic Value of an English PhD,� Department of English Postgraduate Discussion Group, Durham University, 24 October 2007.

�Body Recognising Mind: Demonic and Embodied Knowledge in A.S. Byatt�s A Whistling Woman,� Pathologies, University of Glamorgan, 21 August 2007.

�From Caliban to the Raptor: Shakespeare, Browning, Spielberg and the Evolution of Otherness,� Darwin Among the Poets Symposium, Durham University, 4 July 2007.

�Cybernetic Demons,� Research Postgraduates Poster Competition, Durham University, 22 February 2007.

�Maxwell�s Demon: A Case Study in Models and Metaphors Across the Two Cultures,� Interactions Graduate Conference, University of Glasgow, 29 October 2006.

�Literary Theory: What Is It and Why Do We Need It: A Panel with Terry Eagleton,� Durham University, 25 October 2006.

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This page was published on July 12, 2016 | Keywords: literary theory, literary criticism, conference papers, presentations

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