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Thursday, March 26 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Eccentric Fiction: The Confluence of Literary and Medical Arts

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The mind generates every word we write. The mind is housed in the body. The body aches, and suffers. The art of medicine heals the body. The art of literature heals the mind. How is fiction altered when the various organs of the body, such as the brain, or the body in its corporeality and bareness, become central "characters" and begin to control and navigate the narrative? Can art and medicine coexist with another when one is deemed as "fiction" and the other as "real," the latter stemming from objective observations and physiological data? Is it the confluence of such an interaction that creates eccentric literature and gives it lungs to breathe, a heart to beat, and a brain to think, and allow it to become more than an "art"?

And from the confluence of these arts, the most eccentric literature emerges. This panel, consisting of a psychiatrist, a neurologist, and a family physician, will address these questions and explore how a medical perspective can, and must indeed, question and alter a traditional narrative that does not address a body in its physiological and psychological underpinnings, and allow literature to become "eccentric," or, in other words, "real."

Moderators
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Jorge Armenteros

Jorge Armenteros was born in Cuba, two years after the revolution led by Fidel Castro. He and his family became political refugees in Madrid, before finally settling in Puerto Rico. He attended Harvard University where he minored in Spanish and Latin American Literature while completing his biomedical engineering degree. After graduating cum laude, he went back to San Juan to study medicine at The University of Puerto Rico. In addition to his... Read More →

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Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky is Poetry Editor at the MJA. She is the author of The Waiting Room (Vintage 2015, Harper Perennial US 2016) and We're all Going to Die (Harper Collins, 2016). She edited Writer MD (Knopf US), co-authored Cracking the Code (Vintage 2015) and holds an MFA from VCFA.
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Pedram Navab

Pedram Navab is a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, residing in Los Angeles. He is currently the medical director of a sleep lab in Silverlake. Having been educated at Brown and Stanford, Pedram holds both a master's degree in English/Modern Culture & Media and a J.D. His debut novel, Without Anesthesia, is published by Jaded Ibis Press. The portion of his talk for this event is entitled... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
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