Consciousness and the Novel, by David Lodge

Like The Art of Fiction, this is a collection of essays about how literature works. The essays are longer though, so is able to explore his main theme in a bit more depth. What I found quite interesting here were Lodge's comments on his own work. One of the chapters is about Therapy, and another is an interview with him discussing Thinks....

One of the main points of Lodge's argument is that literature has a special ability to to convey feelings, and maybe even qualia in a way that scientific description cannot. He quotes Conrad: My task, which I am trying to achieve, is by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel - it is before all, to make you see. That - and no more, and it is everything. [p15].

Some of the stuff I highlighted:

Completed : 27-Oct-2006

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