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Dowell and Dopamine: Information, Pleasure and Plot

Haslam, Sara (2015). Dowell and Dopamine: Information, Pleasure and Plot. In: Haslam, Sara and Saunders, Max eds. Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier: Centenary Essays. Leiden and Boston: Brill, pp. 117–132.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004299177_009
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Abstract

This essay uses neuroscience to explore key elements of Ford's presentation of his most famous narrator, John Dowell in the modernist classic The Good Soldier. Dowell is a doubtful, hesitant and above all uncertain narrator. The pleasure of information is a key driver, or motivator, for the human subject. The related neuromodulator is dopamine. Does Dowell have an adequate supply? I discuss Dowell's relationship with his plot, with information, and with pleasure in this new analysis of Ford's interest in the relationship between the body and the mind.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Brill
ISBN: 90-04-29917-3, 978-90-04-29917-7
Keywords: The Good Soldier; neuroscience; narrative; plot; uncertain narrator; modernism
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 45221
Depositing User: Sara Haslam
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 10:58
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45221
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