The project “Neuroscience in British Literature” is a new FENS awarded online history project, and is now available online: Neurobritlit.com
The wonders of the human brain have captured the heart of many British authors. The tremendous knowledge that has been accumulated in the field of neuroscience over the past centuries has inspired, and continues to inspire, many British novelists. Cases of amnesia can be found in “A tale of two cities”, Charles Dickens’ classic novel, and in one of George Orwell’s earlier works, titled “A Clergyman’s Daughter”; Shakespeare’s King Lear suffered from dementia; The main character in Mark Haddon’s book titled “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” has Asperger syndrome; And of course – Mary Shelley created Frankenstein – one of the first neuroscientists in popular culture.
In this online exhibition, MRC CBU’s Roni Tibon explores the intersection of neuroscience and British literature. Each section on the website is dedicated to one notable work. Roni explores the nature of the neuroscientific representations in this work, and how they are related to periodic discoveries/ themes in the field of neuroscience.
For more information please contact Roni Tibon