Dr Marco Bernini
Before taking up my current role as an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Literary Studies, I have been a Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow (2012-2014) and a Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014-2018) in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. My first postdoctoral appointment was as a IASH fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2011-2012). I am also a core member of the Wellcome Trust interdisciplinary project on auditory-verbal hallucinations ‘Hearing the Voice' at Durham University (2012-2021). Outside Durham, I have been a member of a project on 'Narrative and Complex Systems' at the University of York (Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies) and of the 'History of Distributed Cognition' project (2014-2018; University of Edinburgh). I will be co-leading with Ben Alderson-Day (Department of Psychology, Durham) an interdisciplinary IAS Major Project on 'Dreams, Narrative and Liminal Cognition' in 2020-2021 (Durham University).
My research interests are in narrative theory (in particular cognitive narratology), modernist fiction (notably the narrative work of Samuel Beckett) and cognitive sciences. I have mainly worked on how literary narratives portray or, as I have been arguing, properly explore cognitve processes (e.g., levels of consciousness and self, transparency and opacity in self-knowledge and metacognition, memory, mindwandering, inner speech, moods and emotions, embodied and enactive couplings with the environment, hypnagogic and hypopompic transitions, altered and hallucinatory perceptions, dream states). I also worked on an application of the extended mind view to the relationship between writing and authorial intentionality, and on a narrative approach to cognitive theories of complexity and emergence. I have a forhcoming book on Samuel Beckett and cognition (Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Mind, Models, and Exploratory Narratives) with Oxford University Press.
I would welcome PhD proposals on:
- Narrative Theory
- Cognitive Narratology
- Samuel Beckett
- Literary Modernism
- Cognitive Processes in the Novel
- Narrative and the Self
- Narrative, Emergence and Complexity
- Narrative, Dreams and Hallucinations
- Bernini, M. & Caracciolo, M. (2013). Letteratura e Scienze Cognitive (‘Literature and Cognitive Sciences’). Roma: Carocci Editore.
- Bernini, M. (2011). Norman Holland, 'Literature and the Brain'. Between 1(1).
Chapter in book
- Bernini, M. (2019). 'The Heterocosmic Self: Analogy, Temporality and Structural Couplings in Proust's 'Swann's Way'. In Distributed Cognition in Victorian Culture and Modernism. Anderson, M., Garratt, P. & Sprevak, M. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Bernini, M. (2018). 'Narrative and Cognitive Modeling: Insights From Beckett Exploring Mind's Complexity'. In Narrating Complexity. Walsh, R. & Stepney, S. Cham: Springer. 233-251.
- Bernini, M. (2016). 'The Opacity of Fictional Minds: Transparency, Interpretive Cognition and the Exceptionality Thesis'. In The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Garratt, P. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 35-54.
- Bernini, M. (2014). 'Gression, Regression, and Beyond: A Cognitive Reading of The Unnamable'. In Revisiting Molloy, Malone Meurt / Malone Dies and L'Innommable / The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui). Tucker, D., Nixon, M. & Van Hulle, D. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi. 193-209.
- Fernyhough, C., Watson, A., Bernini, M., Moseley, P & Alderson-Day, B. (2019). Imaginary companions, inner speech and auditory verbal hallucinations: What are the relations?. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science
- Bernini, M. (2018). Affording Innerscapes: Dreams, Introspective Imagery and the Narrative Exploration of Personal Geographies. Frontiers of Narrative Studies 4(2): 291-311.
- Alderson-Day, B., Bernini, M. & Fernyhough, C. (2017). Uncharted features and dynamics of reading: Voices, characters, and crossing of experiences. Consciousness and Cognition 49: 98-109.
- Bernini, M. (2015). 'Crawling Creating Creatures: On Beckett's Liminal Minds.'. European Journal of English Studies 19(1): 39-54.
- Bernini, M. & Woods, A. (2014). 'Interdisciplinarity as Cognitive Integration: Auditory verbal Hallucinations as a Case study'. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 5(5): 603-612.
- Woods, A., Jones, N., Bernini, M., Callard, F., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J., Bell,V., Cook, C., Csordas, T., Humpston, C., Krueger, J., Larøi, F., McCarthy-Jones, S., Moseley, P., Powell, H., Raballo, A., Smailes, D. & Fernyhough, C. (2014). Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Phenomenology of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Schizophrenia Bulletin 40(Suppl 4): S246-S254.
- Kruger, J., Bernini, M. & Wilkinson, S. (2014). Introspection, isolation, and construction: Mentality as activity. Commentary on Hurlburt, Heavey & Kelsey (2013). “Toward a phenomenology of inner speaking”. Consciousness and Cognition 25: 9-10.
- Bernini, M. (2014). Supersizing narrative theory: on intention, material agency, and extended mind-workers. Style 48(3): 349-366.
- Bernini, M. (2012). ‘Blueprints for Worldshaking: Worlds, Consciousnesses and Paratext in "L’Adalgisa".'. Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies 7(11).
- Bernini, M. (2011). 'Manifestare Territori Acustici: Il Personaggio in Gadda, Bachtin, Deleuze'. Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies (7).
- Bernini, M. (2014). 'Samuel Beckett's Articulation of Unceasing Inner Speech'. Guardian