Amy S. Morris

Independent Scholar

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Dr. Amy S. Morris has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (Medieval Italian and French Literature and Literary Theory), did extensive research at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, and was trained at the Università degli Studi at Firenze (and the Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana per Stranieri, Siena). Her literary interests are in Peircean semiotics and Dante. She spent seven years at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities on projects including: Nietzsche and 'An Architecture of our Minds'; Dosso's Fate: Painting and Court Culture in Renaissance Italy; Art/History: Objects, Meanings, Judgments; Memory, History, Narrative; Perception/Art, The Humanities and Public Culture, and substantial bibliographical research on aspects of neurological processes involved in the perception of art.
She has recently published Brainquake (Xlibris, 2003), which is based primarily on her personal experiences with adult-onset epilepsy. The combination of her intellectual background in literature, art history, and vision, her personal experiences, and her subsequent intellectual interests in the larger issues of the neurosciences, has put her at the juncture of Art and Neuroscience.