The Emergence of Mind


The Emergence of Mind

Representations of Consciousness in Narrative Discourse in English

Edited by David Herman

Frontiers of Narrative Series

328 pages


May 2011


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About the Book

From Chaucer’s Pardoner to Eliot’s Edward Casaubon, from Behn’s Oroonoko to Woolf’s Clarissa Dalloway—the multifarious perceptions, inferences, memories, attitudes, and emotions of such characters are in some cases as vividly familiar to us readers as those of the living, breathing individuals we know from our own day-to-day experiences in the world at large. Equally diverse are the investigative frameworks that have been developed to study such fictional minds, their operations and qualities, and the narrative means used to portray them. The Emergence of Mind provides new perspectives on the strategies used to represent minds in stories and suggests the variety of analytic approaches that illuminate those strategies.

In this interdisciplinary and groundbreaking collection of essays, distinguished scholars such as Monika Fludernik, Alan Palmer, and Lisa Zunshine examine trends in the representation of consciousness in English-language narrative discourse from 700 to the present. Tracing commonalities and differences in the portrayal of fictional minds over virtually the entire time span during which narrative discourse in English has been written and read, The Emergence of Mind will have a lasting impact on literary studies, narratology, and other fields.

Author Bio

David Herman is a professor in the English department at Ohio State University. The editor of the journal Storyworlds, his recent publications include Basic Elements of Narrative and Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative (Nebraska 2002).
Contributors: Elizabeth Bradburn, Nicholas Dames, Monika Fludernik, F. Elizabeth Hart, David Herman, Leslie Lockett, Alan Palmer, David Vallins, and Lisa Zunshine.

Table of Contents



      David Herman

Part I: Representing Minds in Old and Middle English Narrative

1. 700–1050: Embodiment, Metaphor, and the Mind in Old English Narrative

      Leslie Lockett

2. 1050–1500: Through a Glass Darkly; or, the Emergence of Mind in Medieval Narrative

      Monika Fludernik

Part II: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Minds

3. 1500–1620: Reading, Consciousness, and Romance in the Sixteenth Century

      F. Elizabeth Hart

4. 1620–1700: Mind on the Move

      Elizabeth Bradburn

Part III: Contexts for Consciousness in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

5. 1700–1775: Theory of Mind, Social Hierarchy, and the Emergence of Narrative Subjectivity

      Lisa Zunshine

6. 1775–1825: Affective Landscapes and Romantic Consciousness

      David Vallins

7. 1825–1880: The Network of Nerves

      Nicholas Dames

Part IV: Remodeling the Mind in Modernist and Postmodernist Narrative

8. 1880–1945: Re-minding Modernism

      David Herman

9. 1945– : Ontologies of Consciousness

      Alan Palmer



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