Book | Out of Mind: Mode, Mediation, and Cognition in Twenty-First-Century Narrative
Subjects: anglophone literature, narrative theory, multimodality studies, cognitive sciences, and disability studies
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What is the relationship between aesthetic presentation of thought and scientific conceptions of cognition? Out of Mind: Mode, Mediation, and Cognition in Twenty-First-Century Narrative answers this question by offering incisive commentary on a range of contemporary fictions that combine language, maps, photographs, and other images to portray thought. Situating literature within groundbreaking debates on memory, perception, abstraction, and computation, the book shows how stories not only reflect historical beliefs about how minds work but also participate in their reappraisal.
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Select academic articles
published academic articles can be read at https://osu.academia.edu/TorsaGhosal
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
- “Shapes of Cognition in Typographical Fictions” in Studies in the Novel 51.2 (Summer 2019)
- “At Hand—Handwriting as a Device for Spatial Orientation in J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S.” in Poetics Today 40.2 (Summer 2019), Special issue on Multimodal Media.
- “Books with Bodies: Narrative Progression in Books with Bodies Illustrated with Chris Ware’s Building Stories” in Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies (Spring 2015)
- “Strikethrough Calcutta: Poetics and Politics of Interruption in Satyajit Ray’s and Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta Trilogies” in South Asian Review (Spring 2015)
- “Unprojections: Worlds under Erasure in Contemporary Hollywood Films” in Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus (Spring 2015).
- “A World of Sin,” co-authored with Christopher Gonzalez and Frederick Luis Aldama, in Post Script 33.3 (Summer 2014)
- “Forgetting at the Intersection of Comics and the Multimodal Novel: James Sie’s Still Life Las Vegas” in The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies (Oxford University Press, 2019)
- “The Page is Local: Planetarity and Embodied Metaphor in Anglophone Graphic Narratives from South Asia” in Comics Studies Here and Now (Routledge, 2018).
- “Baar Baar Sakhi: Queer Temporalities of Sakhya in Performance,” co-authored with Kaustavi Sarkar, in Friendship as Social Justice Activism (U of Chicago P and Seagull, 2018).
- “Empathic Cross-Fires: Latinos in Bollywood…Bollywood in Latinolandia” in Latinos and Narrative Media (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)
Discussion and Dictionary Entries
- “How do the visual-tactile elements of page design contribute to the way image-texts sound?” in The Middle Space’s Seeing Sounds/Hearing Pictures–A Round Table on Sound and Comics.
- “Interactive Fiction, Unnatural” in the Dictionary of Unnatural Narratology, published by the Narrative Research Lab at Aarhus University, Denmark
- Review of Malik Sajad’s Munnu: a boy from Kashmir (comics), in South Asian Popular Culture (Autumn 2016)