Paul Armstrong's book "How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art" will be published by Johns Hopkins UP in 2013. In addition to his ongoing research on neuroaesthetics, his work-in-progress includes projects on impressionism, Bloomsbury, and the politics of modernism. With Beverly Haviland, he is editing a volume in the new Cambridge edition of the novels of Henry James which will be devoted to his unfinished works "The Ivory Tower" and "The Sense of the Past."
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Armstrong has published four books of literary criticism and theory: The Phenomenology of Henry James (U of North Carolina Press, 1983), The Challenge of Bewilderment: Understanding and Representation in James, Conrad, and Ford (Cornell UP, 1987), Conflicting Readings: Variety and Validity in Interpretation (U of North Carolina Press, 1990), and Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005). He has also edited Norton Critical Editions of E. M. Forster, Howards End (W. W. Norton, 1998) and of Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (4th ed., W. W. Norton, 2006). Before coming to Brown as Dean of the College in 2001, Armstrong was Dean of Arts and Sciences at SUNY-Stony Brook and Humanities Dean at the University of Oregon. He has also taught at the University of Virginia and Georgia Tech and has been a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen and the Free University of Berlin. Armstrong has held fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also received a grant from the Teagle Foundation to chair an inter-institutional working group that wrote a white paper on "The Open Curriculum: An Alternative Tradition in Liberal Education." The opening chapter of his book Conflicting Readings was awarded the William Riley Parker Prize for an Outstanding Article in PMLA. His chapter on Nostromo in The Challenge of Bewilderment won the Twentieth Century Literature Prize in Literary Criticism.
PAUL ARMSTRONG, Ph.D. 1977, Stanford University (Modern Thought and Literature); M.A. 1974, Stanford University (Modern Thought and Literature); B.A. 1971, Harvard College (History and Literature, summa cum laude)
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