The Emergence of Mind: Representations of Consciousness in Narrative Discourse in English

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From Chaucer’s Pardoner to Eliot’s Edward Casaubon, from Behn’s Oroonoko to Woolf’s Clarissa Dalloway—the multifarious perceptions, inferences, memories, attitudes, and emotions of such characters are in some cases as vividly familiar to us readers as those of the living, breathing individuals we know from our own day-to-day experiences in the world at large. Equally diverse are the investigative frameworks that have been developed to study such fictional minds, their operations and qualities, and the narrative ...
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From Chaucer’s Pardoner to Eliot’s Edward Casaubon, from Behn’s Oroonoko to Woolf’s Clarissa Dalloway—the multifarious perceptions, inferences, memories, attitudes, and emotions of such characters are in some cases as vividly familiar to us readers as those of the living, breathing individuals we know from our own day-to-day experiences in the world at large. Equally diverse are the investigative frameworks that have been developed to study such fictional minds, their operations and qualities, and the narrative means used to portray them. The Emergence of Mind provides new perspectives on the strategies used to represent minds in stories and suggests the variety of analytic approaches that illuminate those strategies.

In this interdisciplinary and groundbreaking collection of essays, distinguished scholars such as Monika Fludernik, Alan Palmer, and Lisa Zunshine examine trends in the representation of consciousness in English-language narrative discourse from 700 to the present. Tracing commonalities and differences in the portrayal of fictional minds over virtually the entire time span during which narrative discourse in English has been written and read, The Emergence of Mind will have a lasting impact on literary studies, narratology, and other fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803211179
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Frontiers of Narrative Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,454,738
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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David Herman is a professor in the English department at Ohio State University. The editor of the journal Storyworlds, his recent publications include Basic Elements of Narrative and Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative (Nebraska 2002).
 
Contributors: Elizabeth Bradburn, Nicholas Dames, Monika Fludernik, F. Elizabeth Hart, David Herman, Leslie Lockett, Alan Palmer, David Vallins, and Lisa Zunshine.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction David Herman 1

Part I Representing Minds in Old and Middle English Narrative

1 700-1050: Embodiment, Metaphor, and the Mind in Old English Narrative Leslie Lockett 43

2 1050-1500: Through a Glass Darkly; or, the Emergence of Mind in Medieval Narrative Monika Fludernik 69

Part II Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Minds

3 1500-1620: Reading, Consciousness, and Romance in the Sixteenth Century F. Elizabeth Hart 103

4 1620-1700: Mind on the Move Elizabeth Bradburn 132

Part III Contexts for Consciousness in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

5 1700-1775: Theory of Mind, Social Hierarchy, and the Emergence of Narrative Subjectivity Lisa Zunshine 161

6 1775-1825: Affective Landscapes and Romantic Consciousness David Vallins 187

7 1825-1880: The Network of Nerves Nicholas Dames 215

Part IV Remodeling the Mind in Modernist and Postmodernist Narrative

8 1880-1945: Re-minding Modernism David Herman 243

9 1945-: Ontologies of Consciousness Alan Palmer 273

Contributors 299

Index 303

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