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.
|Country:||Turks & Caicos Islands|
|Published (Last):||9 March 2016|
|PDF File Size:||3.37 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||10.99 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
How is it related to literary historiography and to historical explanation?
Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction by Dorrit Cohn
Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. If you’re someone interested in narrative who has felt confused or a bit baffled by the way that readers and critics throw around terms such as “stream of consciousness” or “interior monologue,” wondering, perhaps, exactly what these terms mean, then this book is one you need to read.
Vanessa Upton rated it liked it Jan 12, Other editions – View all Transparent Minds: Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. It is clearly an academic book, and certainly one that I think is useful for research. This is the book on how consciousness is presented in fiction. Consciousness in third-person narratives and consciousness in first-person narratives. View freely available titles: The narrator remains the authority. Open Preview See a Problem?
Aileen rated it really liked it Dec 15, She makes some examples to show it: An important component of her argument is the difference between the authorial and the figural mind. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
JSTOR: Access Check
What is the value of creating a typology of modes of representing consciousness, as Cohn does in Transparent Minds? In other words, this transparency of the mind, of a character’s thoughts is in itself a fiction. Contact Contact Us Help. In realist fiction, and in other narrative forms, the human mind is “transparent” to the narrator, who can describe the character’s thoughts. The thoughts are marked by verbs that express speech or thinking, change in tense, quotation marks or some other way; the reader can discern that the thought belongs or comes from the figural mind, not the authorial.
As for first-person contexts, that is, in the case of homodiegetic narrators, here Cohn identifies four types, depending upon whether the situation of narration is problematic or unproblematic, and whether the ordering of the remembered events is chronological or a-chronological.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Paul Kerschen rated it liked it Sep 10, Note that each of these examples subordinated the character’s thoughts to the narrator’s main authority; the second part of these examples is a subordinating clause.
Zulu rated it liked it Jan 23, 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 fictional points of view that she examines.
Anna rated it it was amazing Jan 19, I am late,” ” he thought: Cohn distinguishes three main modes of representing consciousness in third-person contexts, that is, in the minss of heterodiegetic narration.
Lists with This Book. Apr 17, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: Each chapter deals with one main technique, illustrated from a wide range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction by writers Elana rated it really liked it Dec 05, The authorial mind is the writer’s authority to act as a thinking agent in the narrative.
Part of the book is a sort of taxonomy of different kinds of narrat If you’re someone interested in narrative who has felt confused or a bit baffled by the way that readers and critics throw around terms such as “stream of consciousness” or “interior monologue,” wondering, perhaps, exactly what these terms mean, dorrut this book is one you need to read.
Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction
She proceeds somewhat diachronically, but she see a synchronic pattern in the history of the methods. The first deals with the third person narrator, the second with the transpareent person narrator. Andrea rated it really liked it Apr 21, 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. What particularly preoccupied this young reviewer was the problem of typology.
The examples she uses to compare it with the other methods are: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. How did he become so knowledgeable about the range of issues, texts and literary traditions that Cohn addresses?
Her examples for comparison are: I wrote a paper trying to discuss transarent the use of the first person narrator in a book I read of a class, made the protagonist ambiguous; in the end of the novel, the reader was unsure if the narrator was the man described or not. Does theory underwrite typology, or vice-versa, or both?
But I do not recall having reread the entire book cover-to-cover with close attention since about Preview — Transparent Minds by Dorrit Cohn. Jun 23, Neil rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about Transparent Mindsplease sign up.