Dr Marco Bernini
Before taking up my current assistant professorship in Cognitive Literary Studies I was a Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow (2012-2014) and a Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014-2018) in the Department of English Studies. I am also a core member of the Wellcome Trust interdisciplinary project on auditory-verbal hallucinations ‘Hearing the Voice' at Durham University. Outside Durham, I am 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).
- Narrative Theory
- Cognitive Narratology
- Samuel Beckett
- Literary Modernism
- Cognitive Processes in the Novel
- Narrative and the Self
Indicators of Esteem
- 2018: Durham University Research Awards 2018: I have been awarded a Research Staff Award joint first prize (together with Ben Alderson-Day, Psychology) for contracted research staff employed on projects led by a member of Durham Academic Staff.
- 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. (2018). 'Narrative and Cognitive Modeling: Insights From Beckett Exploring Mind's Complexity'. In Narrating Complexity. Walsh, R. & Stepney, S. New York: Springer.
- Bernini, M. (2018). 'The Heterocosmic Self: Analogy, Temporality and Structural Couplings in Proust's 'Swann's Way'. In The Edinburgh History of Distributed Cognition Vol. 4. Anderson, M., Garratt, P. & Sprevak, M. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- 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.
- 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
- 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