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On Sasha’s presentation: While Flaubert likely suffered from epileptic seizures, to what extent could researchers try to explore his assumed depression and anxiety as a result of his seizures as equal parts of his “nervous disease?” What would that methodology look like?
On Ella’s presentation: Since the Greek philosopher Hippocrates’ initial differentiation of the compulsive movements of epilepsy, which he described as a disorder of the brain, from “hysteria,” which he believed to be caused in women by abnormal movements of the uterus in the body, the hysteria/epilepsy diagnosis, even in Flaubert’s and Jean Martin-Charcot’s time of emerging neuroscience in France, was largely divided by sex despite current figures indicating both sexes experience epilepsy at nearly equal rates. In what way was Flaubert’s specification of Emma’s affiliation as “brain fever” rather than perhaps “uterus fever,” when most would diagnose her with “hysteria” at the time, progressive? In what ways was it still reductive, as hysteria was speculated for millennia to be caused by women’s unfulfilled sexual desires, and Emma’s brain fever occurs after being left by Rodolphe?
For Maggie: In considering Neuro economics via Lheureux and Emma, have you incorporated a look at the decision making heuristics of temporal discounting and maybe how Emma provides a phenomenological proof of how we value items in immediacy higher than at a delay, and how she was able to prioritize attention on immediate acquisition rather than long term economic stability?
For Meghna: A great expert at Duke in NDE’s comes from a history of exploration at the Rhine Institute and Duke’s rich history in parapsychology, but also a physician: Dr. Larry Burk who writes “The Spiritual Alphabet Soup of Death and Dying”. Anyway, my question is: when we read about the neurophenomenology of illness, there were many accounts of modified temporal experience in illness, and this is something regarded in the face of death as well, do you notice in your close reading changes in pacing feel or temporal experience by Emma and is that worth including, what is the basis for that neurologically? Could it be related to even like Circadian Rhythms?
How did Flaubert develop sophisticated arguments around nerves, what
was his method of research or exploration? -Sasha’s Presentation
2. What brought doctors to consider the legitimacy of brain fever? -Ella’s
Morgan: Eye tracking seems to reveal a lot about how an individual is processing what they are reading and even someone’s thoughts but is only one method to understand brain processing. Are there other methods, that could be used in further studies to explore other areas of processing and perhaps reveal something eye tracking cannot?
Sabreen: Emma is far from the gold standard as a fictional character and person. She has many flaws that are put on display since from the page we meet her until after her death. So, why has Emma stayed such a prominent figure in pop culture? Is it because she has those flaws?
Millie – how do you plan to explain your findings and make your process more clear for those who have no scientific / neuroscience background (such as myself)?
Amelia and Sydney – how do you plan to incorporate and argue for people who have not read Madam Bovary? Will you require reading excerpts / have included a summary?
Question for Millie: Why did you decide to frame your final project in an essay-video format? How does this add richness to your work, your agreement?
Question for Maggie: Does the issue of gender come up in your discussion of neuroeconomics? I imagine that Emma faced more economic constraints than women in more modern times, the latter of which are used in part to construct the field of neuroeconomics. Do you investigate this at all in your project?
For Sabreen: Are there any signs of monomania present in the correspondences of Flaubert? Could his fixation on finding the perfect words and phrasings have influenced his writing of characters to have similar conditions?
For Kate: In what ways do factors such as social status and gender affect the eating patterns of characters? Will you analyze the prevalence of disordered eating within the time period for historical context? Is there transparency on the issue in literature or is it something you will draw more inferentially and implicitly?
1 – (For Taylor) Does the heterodiegetic narration in Madame Bovary minimize or enhance the readers’ reactions to moral transgressions?
2 – (For Kassie) How does gender dysphoria or transgenderism affect the gender-trauma relationship?
Why is brain fever described for primarily female characters or with a feminine tone? Do you think that Flaubert can agree with an argument that Charles Bovary experienced brain fever after Emma’s death and his realization of her adultery?
Why do you think that Flaubert finds it necessary to show the perspective of both the transgressor and the victim? Could it reflect his own personal experiences?
For Morgan, what do you expect to see in the results of the eye tracking study? Do you think that the pictures they are potentially painting with their minds will reflect in their eye movement?
For Kassie, have you considered looking into other texts such as The Yellow Wallpaper or The Awakening (Kate Chopin)? They also address similar topics of PTSD, hysteria, and gender in a similar way to Madame Bovary?
Gwyneth: Sartre was more or less obsessed with Gustave Flaubert’s work Madam Bovary, and yet didn’t have a very fond view of the man himself one of the reasons being he thought he wasn’t involved enough in political discourse. what was Sartre’s opinion of the political and scientific evolution of la tentation de saint Antoine? Was he a fan of this work?
Morgan: what is the reasoning behind conceptualizing the space in which children explore the story world as a 2D “blank space”? Are there limitations to considering this question within this metaphor/construct? Are there other dimensions that aren’t accounted for?
Sasha: considering the “nerves as strings” concept, if you had to associate this with one of the first two categories (mental states or physical suffering) which would you choose? Also can you assume that even though the literature existed at the time, flaubert actually read it?
Ella: How are you intending to research whether doctors in the Victorian era considered brain fever to be a legitimate illness? Will you look at medical literature from the time?
Kate: How can we understand Flaubert’s body image/conception of body/eating? How do you plan to explain whether or not this was intentional? How do you plan to draw connections between our current understanding of eating disorder/body and the understanding then? Or was there understanding then?
(For Morgan) How would you expect mental simulation to vary in children with behavioral / neurologic conditions, such as autism?
(For Sasha) If Flaubert had a modern understanding of the nervous system, do you think he would continue his use of the trope of nerves in the way that he did? Does modern scientific knowledge expand on or limit our definition of nerves?
Millie: How is autopoeisis experienced by cells, seeing as though they are not live creatures but have their own life cycle? Do they still have a “self”?
Sasha: How is manipulation a factor in Emma’s decision-making strategies related to her finances?