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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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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

Willa Cather

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I must admit, I hadn't realised that Willa Cather's fiction had been ignored and not given the recognition it deserves, as A.S. Byatt asserts in today's Guardian Review. Cather was the first author to feature on my undergraduate American Fiction module, and I thoroughly enjoyed both set texts, My Antonia and O Pioneers!. Cather deposited her manuscripts at the University of Nebraska, and their Willa Cather Archive ranks, in my opinion, as one of the best examples of digital research tools, up there with the beautiful William Blake archive. Perhaps the ready availability of online material on Cather accounts for her popularity on university courses: writing in the early twentieth century, she is just distant enough for scholarship to be historical, whilst just modern enough to ensure that there remains a great deal of manuscript and audio-visual material on her. Further evidence of Cather's popularity comes from my own online resource: my essay on Cather and Faulkner is the ninth most popular page on the site.

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