Pragmatism, Comedy, and Cognition

Jane Thrailkill

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jane F. Thrailkill is Bank of America Distinguished Term Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. She teaches American literature, critical theory, and medical humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, and co-directs UNC's health humanities lab. She is the author of Affecting Fictions (Harvard 2007), and of many articles on the intersections of science, philosophy, medicine, and literature, which have appeared in English Literary History, American Literature, and ALH. She is working on a study of the James siblings entitled The Philosophical Significance of Jokes, Games, and Philosophical Toys in the Writings of Alice, William and Henry James.


Where Gaskill and Zhang focus respectively on the ontological and epistemological factors involved in the creation of separate realities, Jane F. Thrailkill will look at aesthetic strategies capable of disrupting and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jane Thrailkill (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

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