Transparent Minds Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction Dorrit Claire Cohn. Editions. Paperback. ISBN. Comparisons are invidious, but unavoidable. Dorrit Cohn’s Transparent Minds invites comparison with a recent book – too recent for Cohn to have taken it. 29 Dec Dorrit Cohn, Transparent Minds. Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction. Princeton University Press, Pp.
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The combination of an unproblematic narrative situation and chronological order yields conventional retrospective narrative, or what Cohn calls autobiographical narrativeas in David Copperfield.
The figural mind is trasnparent mind of the character in the narrative. Each chapter deals with one main technique, illustrated from a wide range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction by writers including Stendhal, Dostoevsky, James, Mann, Kafka, Joyce, Proust, Wool This book investigates the entire spectrum of techniques for portraying the mental lives of fictional characters in both the stream-of-consciousness novel and other fiction.
Just an incredibly thorough examination of how consciousness has been handled. Josh rated it really liked it Jan 02, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Part of the book is a sort of taxonomy of different kinds of narratives and monologues, but Cohn is also very clear about the meaning and effects of the different transpafent points of view that she examines. Cohn has organized the book cphn a clear and logical way, and, though the terminology may sometimes be challenging, its benefits are understandable.
Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction by Dorrit Cohn
Who was this youngster, still in his twenties, who seemed to speak with such authority about what an adequate theory of consciousness in fiction ought to look like, and how it would fit into the larger [End Page ] project of poetics?
The method “renders the content of the figural mind more obliquely than” quoted monologue and “more directly than” psycho-narration Marie-lynn Herpoel rated it liked it Apr 03, Books by Dorrit Cohn.
Jan 27, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: Her examples for comparison are: Elana rated it really liked it Dec 05, Does theory underwrite typology, or vice-versa, or both?
Zulu rated it liked it Jan 23, I am late,” ” he thought: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In other words, this transparency of the mind, of a character’s thoughts is in itself a fiction. Want to Read saving…. The authorial mind is the writer’s authority to act as a thinking agent in the narrative.
Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction
Each chapter deals with one main technique, illustrated from a wide range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction by writers including Stendhal, Dostoevsky, James, Mann, Kafka, Joyce, Proust, Woolf, and Sarraute. Open Preview See a Problem? This book investigates the entire spectrum of techniques for portraying the mental lives of fictional characters in both the stream-of-consciousness novel and other fiction.
The narrator remains the authority. Apr 17, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: View freely available titles: The authorial and the figural are twisted together in this method; the narrator’s identification but not his identity with the figural mind is placed forward by this method Quoted monologues occurs when a character is quoted, as verbatim, by the narrator.
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An important component of her argument is the difference between the authorial and the figural mind. This can be used in interesting ways to contrast between what the character thinks and what the narrator perceives often the reality of the situation.
Her argument joins with theories about the constructed and imaginary nature of narrative, even realist narrative.