: 13 ☞ Do you know what stream of consciousness is? Do you like it?
I’m back with a new post. I had to take a little break to put some things in order, but I’m good to go now. Today it’s all about stream of consciousness.
As you know, I’ve been reading Marcel Proust’s “À La Recherche du Temps Perdu” and it’s basically seven books of pure stream of consciousness. It gets really boring sometimes, I must say, it feels like I’m watching a soap opera set in the late 19th century read as a monologue by a crazy person. But you have to be patient and wait, because it has its peaks and they are great.
You see, stream of consciousness is a narrative technique where the author describes in words the flow of thoughts and feelings in the mind of the characters as they occur. You know when people go to the therapist and start venting out everything they’re thinking or feeling, whether it makes sense or not? Whether the it all is linked or not? The narrative is there as it comes out from the brain as it is. No honing, no pondering, no organization, no plan. It’s exactly that. Beautiful sometimes, boring some others.
And the term “stream of consciousness” was coined exactly in that sense, by the psychologist William James, describing this continuous flow of ideas, thoughts and feelings without any structure. Great examples of that in literature, besides Proust’s master piece, are “Ulysses” by James Joyce, “The Sound and the Fury” by Faulkner and “Mrs. Dolloway” by Virginia Woolf, and we can’t forget many books from the Russian Literature. Some might say that “The Catcher in the Rye” is also an example of that method, but I‘d say it’s not, because Salinger applies some filters to Caufield’s internal monologue. It feels structured, so no stream of consciousness.
That’s it guys. I don’t want to “Proust” my post here any longer, so tell me what you think. Do you like reading books of stream of consciousness?
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