The (Neuro)-Aesthetics of Caricature: Representations of Reality in Bret Easton Ellis's Lunar Park

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Recent research by V.S. Ramachandran and Semir Zeki has used neuroscientific methods to investigate the nature of aesthetic response. By situating their work in the context of post-Kantian aesthetic discourse, this essay demonstrates that such research provides an opportunity to bridge cognitive and artistic approaches to aesthetic experience and offers a provisional theory of art that incorporates both empirical and philosophical traditions. These theories will be considered in relation to Bret Easton Ellis's recent novel Lunar Park (2005), which focuses explicitly on questions of representation and reality. Through a juxtaposition of Ramachandran's emphasis on caricature as a central principle of art and Ellis's focus on distorted and questionable realities, this essay suggests new possibilities for the integration of cognitive science with literary and philosophical criticism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-515
Number of pages45
JournalPoetics Today
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

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The (Neuro)-Aesthetics of Caricature : Representations of Reality in Bret Easton Ellis's Lunar Park. / Baker, Timothy C.

In: Poetics Today, Vol. 30, No. 3, 01.09.2009, p. 471-515.

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