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A Panting Consciousness: Beckett, Breath and Biocognitive Feedback

Bernini, M

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C. Saunders
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D. Fuller
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J. Macnaughton
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Abstract

Booming Western interest in mindfulness and meditation has significantly mainstreamed breath and breathing practices, where focussed breathing is taken to be conducive to novel psychological states. Thanks to the regulation of breathing patterns, patterns in our thinking are not just affected but revealed, together with their entanglement with respiration (in a variety of looping effects here considered as ‘biocognitive feedback’). What makes this reciprocal feedback possible is the structural intimacy and co-dependency of breath and consciousness—a dyadic and dynamic relationship already conceptualised by William James, and today reappraised by contemporary, Buddhist-inspired cognitive sciences. Critically integrating psychological, cognitive, phenomenological, and narratological frameworks, this essay investigates the co-dependent intimacy between breath and cognition as represented, explored, and complicated in the narrative work of Samuel Beckett.

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Bernini, M. (2021). A Panting Consciousness: Beckett, Breath and Biocognitive Feedback. In C. Saunders, D. Fuller, & J. Macnaughton (Eds.), The Life of Breath, Classical to Contemporary: Literature, Culture, and Medicine (435-459). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74443-4_21

Online Publication Date Oct 2, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 29, 2021
Pages 435-459
Series Title Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Book Title The Life of Breath, Classical to Contemporary: Literature, Culture, and Medicine
Chapter Number 21
ISBN 9783030744427
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74443-4_21

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