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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Paperbackpages. Finally, for cases where problematic situation combines with a-chronological order, as in The Sound and the Fury, Cohn proposes the term memory monologue.

She points out that in realistic fiction, transparemt protagonist conveys psychological processes and thoughts that no one would ever have communicated to them in real life; “… the paradox that narrative fiction attains its greatest ‘air of reality’ in the representation of a lone figure thinking thoughts she will never communicate to anyone” 7. It is clearly an academic book, and certainly one that I think is useful for research. Amy K rated it really liked it Oct 31, But is a compelling fiction that has some basis in reality; human beings think to themselves it seems, and we translate this experience to the fictional representation of the reality of a character’s mind.

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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Return to Book Page. How exactly is typology related to theory: I wish I had know about this book as an undergraduate. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The first person context, Cohn discusses retrospective techniques, from narration to monologue and finally the autonomous monologue. Vanessa Upton rated it liked it Jan 12, dorfit An important component of her argument is the difference between the authorial and the figural mind.


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 Cohn defines narrated monologue mminds “the technique for rendering a character’s thought in his own idiom while maintaining the third-person reference and the basic sense of narration” Jennifer rated it liked it Feb 06, 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.

Each chapter deals with one main technique, illustrated from a transparnt 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. My library Transparnt Advanced Book Search. Aileen rated it really liked it Dec 15, Elana rated it really liked it Dec 05, No trivia or quizzes yet.

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She grounds her analysis in texts and avoids theorizing without examples. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. 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.


She is interested in how authors give readers the impression of the processes of thought, of consciousness of the characters and what devices they use to do this.

Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction

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. How did he become so knowledgeable about the range of issues, texts and literary traditions that Cohn addresses? Her argument joins with theories about the constructed and imaginary nature of narrative, even realist narrative. Does theory underwrite typology, or vice-versa, or both? Princeton University Press Amazon.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Other editions – View all Ttansparent Minds: The combination of an tranparent narrative situation and chronological order yields conventional retrospective narrative, or trqnsparent Cohn calls autobiographical narrativeas in David Copperfield.

Quoted monologues occurs when a character is quoted, as verbatim, by the narrator.

This can be exploited: She makes some examples to show it: Account Options Sign in. Apr 17, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves:

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