Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2017)
Andrew's Brain: The historical mind and the American soul: A new historical reading
Author(s): Bamshad Hekmatshoar Tabri, Bizhan Hekmatshoar Tabari
Abstract: Andrew's Brain, a novel, by E. L. Doctorow, published as his last novel in 2014, seems to be of quite a different spirit and this is what the reader are to finds even early at reading. However, many book reviews and critics have rated this novel not as perfect as Doctorow’s previous works. What seems to have caused such comments may then be the structural as well as the thematic ambiguities produced by the psychological realm the novel enters, Precisely, what is done here is an attempt to study in detail Andrew's Brain by relying on the approaches used by New Historicists in order to prove that unlike the under-evaluations done in case of this novel, the text of the novel is very rich and it can be said to be a comprehensive record of a so-called cognitive scientist’s attempts in search of truth.