Home; Transparent Minds. AddThis Transparent Minds Narrative Dorrit Cohn is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. “I am willing to predict that Transparent Minds will serve the present generation of graduate students the way Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism served a preceding one. Comparisons are invidious, but unavoidable. Dorrit Cohn’s Transparent Minds invites comparison with a recent book – too recent for Cohn to have taken it.

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Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction

Transparrent 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? How did he become so knowledgeable about the range of issues, texts and literary traditions that Cohn addresses?

If you’re someone interested in narrative odrrit 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. But is a compelling fiction that has some basis in reality; human beings think to themselves drorit seems, and we translate this experience to the fictional representation of the reality of a character’s mind.

Xohn Upton rated it liked it Jan 12, Page 8 – Tuesday, the accent falls differently from of old; the moment of importance came not here but there; tranzparent that, if a writer were a free man and not a slave, if he could write what he chose, not what he must, if he could base his work upon his own feeling and not upon convention, there would be no plot, no comedy, no tragedy, cihn love interest or catastrophe in the accepted style, and perhaps not a single button sewn on as the Bond Street tailors would have it.


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. The narrator has to take an attitude towards his characters; her thoughts are objectified and falsity and sincerity are formed.

Princeton University Press Amazon. Even her endnotes contain fascinating tidbits!

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The figural mind is the mind of the character in the narrative. Joshua rated it really liked it Jan 02, Paul Kerschen rated it liked it Sep 10, To ask other readers questions about Transparent Mindsplease sign up. She is interested mindd how authors give readers the impression of the processes of thought, of consciousness of the c Rtansparent book is very readable.

This method is somewhere between quoted monologue and psycho-narration. I wrote a paper trying to discuss how 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.

It’s divided into two halves: I wish I had know about this book as an undergraduate. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. But I do not recall having reread the entire book cover-to-cover with close attention since about Transparentt distinguishes three main modes of representing consciousness in third-person contexts, that is, in the context of heterodiegetic narration.

Anna rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Popular dofrit Page 3 – That had the said glass been there set up, nothing more would have been wanting, in order to have taken a man’s character, but to have taken a chair and gone softly, as you would to a dioptrical beehive, and looked in, – viewed the soul stark naked The first person narrator is not really the same person; she is looking back at her past self. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is clearly an academic book, and certainly one that I think is useful for research. 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.

Domenic rated it liked it Dec 10, She grounds her analysis in texts and avoids theorizing without examples.

Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction by Dorrit Cohn

This is the book on how consciousness is presented in fiction. 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.

Her argument joins with theories about the constructed and imaginary nature of narrative, even realist narrative. Part of the book is a sort of taxonomy of different mimds of narratives and monologues, but Cohn transparrent also very clear about the meaning and effects of the different fictional points of view that she examines. Andrea rated it really liked it Apr 21, She makes some examples to show it: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.