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Jason Tougaw
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Research Interests: The contemporary novel; memoir and autobiography; the mind and brain; consciousness studies; literature and science

About Professor Tougaw
Jason Tougaw’s memoir The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism [] (Dzanc) is the winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. His book The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in The Age of Neuroscience [] (Yale University Press) was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2018 by Choice magazine. He is also the author of Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel (Routledge). He is also editor, with Nancy K. Miller, of Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community (University of Illinois Press). His essays have appeared in OUT magazine, DV8, Largehearted Boy, Literary Hub, and Electric Literature. He writes a monthly column for Psychology Today [].



The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in Twenty-First Century Neuromania (Yale UP)

The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism (in progress, represented by Carrie Howland, Donadio & Olson)

Fields of ReadingMotives for Writing 9th edition, co-edited with Comley et al. (Bedford/St. Martin’s 2009).

Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel (Routledge 2006).

Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community, co-edited with Nancy K. Miller; introduction co-written with Miller (University of Illinois Press 2002).


"Somatics in Practice: My Therapist and I Compare Notes []." Pyschology Today. (2019).

“Where Is Consciousness in the Modern Novel?” The Scofield  2.2 (Spring 2017). 172 -79.

“The Self is a Moving Target: The Neuroscience of Siri Hustvedt’s Artists.” Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt’s Works: Interdisciplinary Essays, eds. De Gruyter, 2016. 113-32.

“Touching Brains.” Modern Fiction Studies, special issue entitled Neuroscience and Modern Fiction, ed. Stephen Burn. 61.2 (Summer 2015): 335 – 358.

“Brain Memoirs, Neuroscience, and the Self: A Review Article.” Literature and Medicine 30.1 (Spring 2012): 171 – 192.

“We are Still Vulnerable: Todd Haynes’s Safe in 2011.” Women’s Studies Quarterly. 39: 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2011): 43 – 47.

“Dream Bloggers Invent the University.” Computers & Composition 26 (2009): 251 – 268.
Creative Nonfiction & Essays

“Memoir Mixtape.” DV8 Magazine 11 (Winter 2018): 14-15.
 “The Elusve Brain,” [] a regular column for Psychology Today (June – present). 16 articles to date.

“Embracing Neurodiversity.” [] Yale University Press Blog. (August 2018).

“Christopher Isherwood Taught Me to Live Unapologetically.” Literary Hub (May 15, 2018). []

“An English Beat. ”Out Magazine (November 2017). []

“12 Great Books about the Human Brain.” Electric Literature (October 9, 2017). []

“My First Time: On Sex and Writing.” The Quivering Pen (September 18, 2017). []

“Book Notes.” Largehearted Boy (September 13, 2017). []

“What We Gained in the Fire.” Electra Street: A Journal of the Arts & Humanities. 2 (2015): 63 – 7.

 “Aplysia californica.” In From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up, eds. Ted Gideonse and Robert Williams. (Carroll & Graf, September 2006). [invited contributor]

“Dreamy and Forgetful: Marcel Dzama’s The Lotus Eaters.” Quarterly Bulletin of Centre d’Art Santa Monica (Barcelona, Spain). Spring 2005.