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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Dear Wallace

I have to say
I tried in the dew
Looking at a blackbird
In thirteen different ways
But it flew off
Before I reached twelve.

When it returned
I knew she must be mothering
So I closed my eyes
And wrote.

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For anyone who doesn't recognise the connections, Wallace refers to the American poet Wallace Stevens, and responds to his famous poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: Wallace Stevens, thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird, looking, modernism

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