Consciousness and the Novel by David Lodge

By David Lodge

Publish yr note: First released in 2002

Human cognizance, lengthy the province of literature, has in recent years are available for a remapping - even rediscovery - through the usual sciences, pushed by means of advancements in man made Intelligence, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. yet because the richest checklist now we have of human attention, literature, David hotel indicates, may possibly provide one of those wisdom approximately this phenomenon that's complementary, no longer antagonistic, to medical wisdom.

Writing with attribute wit and brio, and using the perception and acumen of a talented novelist and critic, inn the following explores the illustration of human awareness in fiction (mainly English and American) within the mild of contemporary investigations in cognitive technology, neuroscience, and comparable disciplines. How, hotel asks, does the radical signify attention? and the way has this replaced through the years? In a chain of interconnected essays, he pursues this question down quite a few paths: how does the novel's approach evaluate with that of alternative inventive media akin to movie? How does the awareness (and subconscious) of the inventive author do its paintings? and the way can feedback infer the character of this technique via formal research?

In essays on Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Kingsley and Martin Amis, Henry James, John Updike and Philip Roth, and in reflections on his personal perform as a novelist, resort brings to mild - and to enticing existence

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