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Cognitive Joyce

  • Sylvain Belluc
  • Valérie Bénéjam


  • Reflects the latest research on the interaction between cognitive science and Joyce studies

  • Offers new perspectives on established cognitive studies theories including qualia, hypnagogia, and extended-mind theory

  • Engages with recent trajectories of utilizing cognitive theory within Modernist studies


Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

About this book


This collection is the first book-length study to re-evaluate all of James Joyce's major fictional works through the lens of cognitive studies. Cognitive Joyce presents Joyce's relationship to the scientific knowledge and practices of his time and examines his texts in light of contemporary developments in cognitive and neuro-sciences. The chapters pursue a threefold investigation—into the author's "extended mind" at work, into his characters' complex and at times pathological perceptive and mental processes, and into the elaborate responses the work elicits as we perform the act of reading. This volume not only offers comprehensive overviews of the oeuvre, but also detailed close-readings that unveil the linguistic focus of Joyce's drama of cognition. 


Dubliners Finnegans Wake Ulysses A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man qualia hypnagogia extended-mind theory Stephen Dedalus Cognitive Architecture metacognition in Joyce cognition, neuroscience, and literature Edmund Husserl Phenomenology and Ulysses Joyce and epistemology epiphany in Joyce etymology in Dubliners Richard Trench’s influence on James Joyce mental imaging and Finnegans Wake Waiting as cognitive state Michel Foucault

Editors and affiliations

  • Sylvain Belluc
    • 1
  • Valérie Bénéjam
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Nîmes / Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (EMMA)MontpellierFrance
  2. 2.University of NantesNantesFrance

About the editors

Sylvain Belluc is Maître de Conférences in English literature at the Université de Nîmes/Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (EMMA), France. The recipient of several research scholarships, he is the author of numerous articles on Joyce, Conrad, linguistics, translation, and intertextuality.

Valérie Bénéjam is Maître de Conférences in English literature at the Université de Nantes, France. She has written numerous articles on Joyce, Flaubert and Shakespeare, co-edited Making Space in the Works of James Joyce (with John Bishop, 2011), and is currently working on Joyce and drama. 

Bibliographic information


“Cognitive Joyce, with its range of topics, approaches, and theorists, feels like what its editors claim it to be: an introduction, of sorts, to something diverse and new.” (Royal Holloway, James Joyce Literary Supplement, Vol. 33 (2), 2019)