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Dr Marco Bernini, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Co-Fund Junior Research Fellow in the Department of English Studies

Contact Dr Marco Bernini (email at marco.bernini@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

I am a former Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow (2012-2015) and now a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2019) in the Department of English Studies and a core member of the interdisciplinary project on auditory verbal hallucinations ‘Hearing the Voice' at Durham University. I am also 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) My research interests are equally partitioned into narrative theory (in particular cognitive narratology), modernist fiction (notably the narrative work of Samuel Beckett), and cognitive science. Since from my PhD (2008-2011; University of Parma), I mainly worked on how modernist novels portray or explore cognitive processes. I also worked on the relationship between fictional writing, distributed cognition, and literary intentionality during my first postdoctoral experience at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2011-2012; University of Edinburgh). I am now writing a book on Samuel Beckett and cognition ('Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Mind, Models, and Exploratory Narratives'; OUP, forthcomig). I have co-authored with Marco Caracciolo a book on literature and cognitive science (Roma:Carocci, 2013).

Research Interests

  • Narrative Theory
  • Cognitive Narratology
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Literary Modernism
  • Cognitive Processes in the Novel
  • Narrative and the Self

Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Bernini, M. (2018). 'The Heterocosmic Self: Analogy, Temporality and Structural Couplings in Proust's 'Swann's Way'. In History of Distributed Cognition Vol. 4. Anderson, M., Garratt, P. & Sprevak, M. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Bernini, M. (2017). 'Narrative and Cognitive Modeling: Insights From Beckett Exploring Mind's Complexity'. In Narrating Complexity. Stepney, S. & Walsh, R. New York: Springer.
  • 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.

Conference Paper

  • Bernini, M. (2015), 'Narrator Theories and Auditory Verbal Hallucination: Mediacy, Unreliability and Distribution of Knowledge', Cognitive Futures in the Humanities. Oxford, England, Oxford University, Oxford.
  • Bernini, M. (2014), 'Beckett and the Cognitive Method: On Fictional Cognitive Modelling', Narrative Matters. Paris, France, American University in Paris, Paris.
  • Bernini, M. (2014), 'Fictional Cognitive Modeling: Beckett's Exploring Mind's Complexity', NARCs Workshop on 'Narrative and Complex Systems'. York, England, Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Research, University of York, York.
  • Bernini, M. (2014), 'On the Opacity of Fictional Minds: A Cognitive Defense of the Exceptionality of Fiction', Cognitive Futures in the Humanities. Durham, England, Durham University, Durham.
  • Bernini, M. (2014), 'Parallel Convergence: Cognitive Science Facing Beckett's The Unnamable', The Novel and Other Minds. Oxford, England, TORCH Comparative Literature and Translation, Oxford University, Oxford.
  • Bernini, M. (2014), 'Submerging Minds: Features and Principles of Beckett's Broken Emergencies', The 'Experience of Emergence' Seminars. Durham, England, Durham University, Durham.
  • Bernini, M. (2014), 'The Extended Reader: Writing and Interpretive Proximity', Enactive and Extended Cognition in Philosophy and Literature. Antwerp, Belgium, University of Antwerp, Antwerp.
  • Bernini, M. (2013), ''I'd Like to Think I Occupy the Centre': A Cognitive Journey to the Centre of Narrative Gravity in Beckett's The Unnamable', Narrative Matters. Paris, France, American University in Paris, Paris.
  • Bernini, M. (2013), 'A Crowded Soundscape: The Phenomenology of Voice-Hearing in Samuel Beckett', Cognitive Futures in the Humanities. Bangor, Wales, University of Bangor, Bangor.
  • Bernini, M. (2013), 'Narrating Upstream: Levels of Self in Beckett's Fiction', Narrating Time Seminars. Durham, England, Durham University, Durham.
  • Bernini, M. (2013), 'Supersizing Narrative Theory: On Intention, Material Agency, and Extended Mind-Workers', ISSN International Conference. Manchester, England, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.
  • Bernini, M. (2012), 'Combinatorial Authors: Intention as Cognition in Samuel Beckett and C.E.Gadda', Research Seminars. Edinburgh, Scotland, Italian Studies Department, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
  • Bernini, M. & Ward, D. (2012), 'Mind and Metaphor', Speculative Lunch. Edinburgh, Scotland, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
  • Bernini, M. (2012), 'Writing as Thought in Action: Narrative Theory and the Extended Mind', IASH Work in Progress Seminars. Edinburgh, Scotland, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
  • Bernini, M. (2011), 'Supersizing Narrative Theory: Towards a Cognitive Approach to Form, Content, Intention and Interpretation', Research Seminars. Oxford, England, Oxford University, Oxford.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

Selected Grants

  • 2016: Seedcorn Impact Research Fund: £15000 (co-applicant with Professor Corinne Saunders and Dr Peter Garratt); grant awarded to realise an experimental research-based perfomance of Beckett's Company