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A Study in Empathy: Cognitive Disorders Exposed in First Person Narrators

dc.contributor.authorViroslav, Hannah
dc.descriptionEnglish Department Honors Thesis, ENGL 290B, Professor Humberto Garcia. My thesis navigates the intersection between cognitive studies and literary analysis, specifically detailing how unreliable narration can be connected to cognitive impairments in first person narrators of early twentieth century American novels. The stories told by character narrators such as Nick Carraway from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and Benjy Compson from William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" are revealed, through exploration of the biology behind empathy and social interaction, namely "theory of mind," as complex and skewed versions of reality.en_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectcognitive impairmenten_US
dc.subjecttwentieth century American novelsen_US
dc.subjectcognitive literary studiesen_US
dc.subjectunreliable narrationen_US
dc.titleA Study in Empathy: Cognitive Disorders Exposed in First Person Narratorsen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.departmentEnglish Departmenten_US

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