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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Cohn distinguishes three main modes of representing consciousness in third-person contexts, that is, in the context of heterodiegetic narration. Paul Kerschen rated it liked it Sep 10, The first mids context, Cohn discusses retrospective techniques, from narration to monologue and finally the autonomous monologue.

Vanessa Upton rated it liked it Jan 12, 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 miinds 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 fohn method How is it related to literary historiography and to historical explanation?

Elana rated it really liked it Dec 05, 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. Domenic rated it liked it Dec 10, Andrea rated it really liked it Apr 21, What particularly preoccupied this young reviewer was the problem of typology.

In other words, this transparency of the mind, of a character’s thoughts is in itself a 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. Golnaz rated it it was ok Feb 14, Princeton University Press- Literary Criticism – pages.


Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction

Lists with This Book. Open Preview See a Problem? The first person context is odd; in many cases, the narrator is separated in time from what he narrates. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s divided into two halves: Julian rated it liked it Sep 01, Want to Read saving….

Books by Dorrit Cohn. I was late,” and ” He thought: Part of the book is a sort of taxonomy of different kinds of narrat If you’re someone interested in narrative who 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. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The first deals with the third person narrator, the second with the first person narrator. 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. Cohn defines narrated monologue as “the technique for rendering a character’s thought in his own idiom while maintaining the third-person reference and the basic sense of narration” Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction.

The thoughts are seen a occurring in the character’s mind, unsaid. 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.

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

The method “renders the content of the figural mind more obliquely than” quoted monologue and “more directly than” psycho-narration What is the value of creating a typology of modes of representing consciousness, as Cohn does in Transparent Minds? Anna rated it it was amazing Jan 19, She makes some examples to show it: Jennifer rated it liked it Feb 06, transsparent An important component of her argument is the difference between the authorial and the figural mind.


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.

Does theory underwrite typology, or vice-versa, or both? The psycho-narration method delves into the mind of the character, but with the narrator’s ability to discern the thoughts she has, but he uses his own language to do so.

Hulya Tarlan rated it it was amazing Dec 12, Aileen rated it really liked it Dec 15, My library Help Dorrrit Book Search.

She divides the dorrig into two halves. She is interested in how authors give readers the impression of the processes of thought, of consciousness of the c The book is conn readable. Page 8 – Tuesday, the accent falls differently dorfit of old; the moment of importance came not here but there; so 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, no 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, Woolf, and Sarraute.