DORRIT COHN TRANSPARENT MINDS PDF
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
This is not to say that I do not regularly consult certain parts of it, or assign specific chapters in courses, or discuss the book with graduate students; I do all of these things. But I do not recall having reread the entire book cover-to-cover with close attention since about The reason I read it with such care at that time was that I had been commissioned to produce an article-length review of the book, which duly appeared in Poetics Today in Who was ddorrit 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?
dorrkt How did he become so knowledgeable about the range of issues, texts and literary traditions that Cohn addresses? The questions are embarrassingly easy to answer: Still, I am relieved to report that even this callow youth, for all his self-important posing, could recognize a major work when he saw one.
What particularly preoccupied this young reviewer was the problem of typology. What is the value of creating a typology of modes of representing consciousness, as Cohn does in Transparent Minds?
How exactly is typology related to theory: Does theory underwrite typology, or vice-versa, or both? How is it related to literary historiography and to historical explanation? Cohn distinguishes three main modes of representing consciousness in third-person contexts, that is, in the context of heterodiegetic narration.
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.
The combination of an unproblematic narrative situation and chronological order yields conventional retrospective narrative, or what Cohn calls autobiographical narrativeas in David Copperfield.
Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction by Dorrit Cohn
Finally, for cases where problematic situation combines with a-chronological order, as in The Sound and the Fury, Cohn proposes the term memory monologue. Trnsparent MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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