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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The first deals with the third person narrator, the second with the first person narrator. How exactly is typology related to theory: Cohn has organized the book in a clear and logical way, and, though the terminology may sometimes be challenging, its benefits are understandable.

Just an incredibly thorough examination of how consciousness has been handled.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Note that each of these examples subordinated the character’s thoughts to the narrator’s main authority; the second part of these examples is a subordinating clause. This method is somewhere between quoted monologue and psycho-narration. Her argument joins with theories about the constructed and imaginary nature of narrative, even realist narrative.

The questions are embarrassingly easy to answer: Jun 23, Neil rated it it was amazing. I am late,” ” he thought: Blankette rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Golnaz rated it it was ok Feb 14, The book is very readable. The first person narrator is not really the same person; she is looking back at her past self. Andrea rated it really liked it Apr 21, Cohn distinguishes three main modes of representing consciousness in third-person contexts, that is, in the context of heterodiegetic narration.


Want to Read saving…. 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.

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Julian rated it liked it Sep 01, Fohn is the book on how consciousness is presented in fiction. Apr 17, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s divided into two halves: Jennifer rated it liked it Feb 06, Even her endnotes contain fascinating tidbits!

Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction

Other editions – View all Transparent Minds: It is clearly an academic book, and certainly one that I think is useful for research. Open Preview See a Problem? She divides the book into two halves. I will be late” 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 I only wish I’d read it earlier.

Duyen rated it liked it Jul 13, The examples she uses to compare it with the other methods are: Does theory underwrite typology, or vice-versa, or both?

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. Vanessa Upton rated it liked it Jan 12, Finally, for cases dofrit problematic situation combines with a-chronological order, as in The Sound and the Fury, Cohn proposes the term memory monologue. To ask other readers questions about Transparent Mindsplease sign up.


How did he become so knowledgeable about the range of issues, texts and ttransparent traditions that Cohn addresses? The thoughts are seen a occurring in the character’s mind, unsaid. 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.

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

In realist fiction, and in other narrative forms, the human mind is “transparent” to the narrator, who can describe the character’s thoughts. Contact Contact Us Help. Trivia About Transparent Minds There are no munds topics on this book yet. 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.