Theory & Criticism

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.  

“Torsa Ghosal’s Out of Mind urges us to be more open-minded (pun intended) and embrace explanatory pluralism for how minds work.”

Sue J. Kim, author of On Anger: Race, Cognition, Narrative

As cognitive literary studies moves more adeptly across narrative media, Torsa Ghosal’s Out of Mind admirably takes media-conscious, multimodal fictions into the fold, exploring the ways in which narrative fiction culturally and historically encodes what we think we are doing when we perceive, map, remember, and forget our own lived experiences.”

David Ciccoricco, author of Reading Network Fiction

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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)

Book Chapters

Discussion and Dictionary Entries

Book Reviews

  • Review of Malik Sajad’s Munnu: a boy from Kashmir (comics), in South Asian Popular Culture (Autumn 2016)