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John D'AmicoVisiting Assistant ProfessorFrench


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2019


John D’Amico (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2019) works on texts and images at the crossroads of literature, the history of science and philosophy from the long nineteenth century. He is completing an article entitled “Huysmans’ Ennui: The Unconscious between Wilhelm Wundt and Sigmund Freud,” which argues that the author, through his representation of errant cognition, articulates a blended version of the unconscious that unites its physiological expression favored by contemporary medical authorities and the dynamic one in germ. His book project examines artistic and scientific meditations on boredom, attention and memory and their relation to the mental image in order to reflect on modes of perceiving that are different from those prevailing now in our image-saturated culture.