One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest first edition coverThe next seminar in the 2016  Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series, featuring a presentation by John Foxwell (Department of English Studies, Durham University) on ‘Seeing what isn’t there: the representation of visual hallucinations in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, will take place in the Birley Room in Hatfield College, Durham University (number 20 on this map) on Thursday 10 March 2016, 5 pm – 7 pm.

Abstract: How do you convey the experience of having a hallucination? The question is perhaps more problematic than it first appears, for in certain respects literary representation already functions with a view to conjuring the experience of a world which is not, in fact, present. Indeed, the issue seems to have preoccupied several writers of the mid-twentieth century, and in their work the representation of hallucinatory experience is frequently intertwined with an investigation into the nature of literary representation and the reader’s interaction with textual worlds.

In this talk, John will focus on one of the most well-known (and certainly one of the best-selling) of these types of novel, Ken Kesey’s iconic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962). He will examine how Kesey uses experimental forms of figurative language to convey the phenomenology of hallucinatory experience while simultaneously using the domain of hallucinatory experience to explore the relationship between language, mind, and world.

The Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series is designed to provide a platform for HtV researchers to share the detailed findings of their research and gain feedback from a wider audience. Anyone with an interest in Hearing the Voice research is welcome to attend. If you would like to reserve a place, please fill in our online registration form.

Wine and nibbles provided.

More information about the other HtV seminars in the schedule for 2016 can be found here. If you have any queries about this event or the HtV Research Seminar series in general, please contact Victoria Patton.

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