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Using a cognitive approach to literature, Self-Consciousness in Modern British Fiction uncovers representations of self-consciousness in selected modern British novels, exposing it as complicating character development. This innovative study offers new readings of works by Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, and Lessing to demonstrate the emergence of a self who feels split from the world. Readings of individual novels are informed by early twentieth century British psychology and philosophy, and by contemporary scholarship in embodied cognition and narrative identity. The models of self-consciousness rendered visible by this analysis improve our understanding of modernist technical experiment with stream-of-consciousness and free indirect discourse.



Description

Using a cognitive approach to literature, Self-Consciousness in Modern British Fiction uncovers representations of self-consciousness in selected modern British novels, exposing it as complicating character development. This innovative study offers new readings of works by Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, and Lessing to demonstrate the emergence of a self who feels split from the world. Readings of individual novels are informed by early twentieth century British psychology and philosophy, and by contemporary scholarship in embodied cognition and narrative identity. The models of self-consciousness rendered visible by this analysis improve our understanding of modernist technical experiment with stream-of-consciousness and free indirect discourse.



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Contents

Self-consciousness, Embodiment, and the Narrativising Self
Embodiment, Narrativity, and Identification in Under Western Eyes
Selfhood and the Sensorium in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Removing the Serpent's Tail from Its Mouth: DH Lawrence's Vision of Embodied Consciousness
Narrative Identity, Embodied Consciousness, and The Waves
Scriptive Consciousness and Embodied Empathy in The Golden Notebook


Authors

Brook Miller is Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, Morris, USA. His research is on 19th and 20th-century British literature and he is the author of America in the British Imaginary in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Literature (2010).