Siri Hustvedt’s thoughts on art, science and the human condition
In her review of A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind, Kate Womersley of Britain's Spectator writes "As her latest essays show, the American novelist is prepared to take on anything, from sculpture to cybernetics."
"Siri Hustvedt has long been interested in how the way we look at the world
privileges certain political, gendered, artistic and scientific agendas, while excluding others. These dynamics are at play between a reader and a writer, a doctor and a patient, a neuroscientist and the brain she studies. A writer of novels and non-fiction (on topics from sculpture to cybernetics), Hustvedt also lectures in psychiatry and speaks eloquently about her own medically unexplained neurological ‘shakes’. Rather a ‘perpetual outsider’ than an interdisciplinary scholar, she likes to ‘spot what the experts often fail to question’. Hustvedt’s work wonders what happens — rhetorically and physiologically - when we change our minds."
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