Self-Consciousness in Modern British Fiction

Hardcover | February 6, 2013

byBrook Miller

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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.

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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 ...

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).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:258 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:February 6, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230337562

ISBN - 13:9780230337565

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Table of 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

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"Building on recent work suggesting how a focus on issues of affect, embodied cognition, and consciousness can generate new insights into the history of the novel, while also illuminating the nature and functions of narrative more generally, Self-consciousness in Modern British Fiction sketches out an innovative, well-grounded, and impressively cross-disciplinary approach to the staging of self-consciousness in foundational twentieth-century texts." - David Herman, Ohio State University "Miller brilliantly investigates a defining concern of modernism in this analysis of works by Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, and Lessing. Free of obfuscation, this lucid work introduces the issues confronted by psychologists, philosophers, and novelists in defining and depicting self-consciousness. Miller's unobtrusive citation of theorists fully illuminates his subject." - CHOICE