Great Stream of Consciousness Novels
"In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a narrative mode that seeks to portray an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her actions." ~Wikipedia
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message 1: by Anthony (new)

Anthony ...but the Great Gatsby doesn't use stream of consciousness...at least not extensively. I can only think of one instance in the whole novel that uses it, and that's really only mental imagery.


message 2: by Garrett (new)

Garrett Cash Terrible list, three Virginia Woolf books at the top... and The Great Gatsby? That's not even stream-of-consciousness people!


message 3: by Krzysztof (new)

Krzysztof Of course Virginia Woolf uses stream of consciousness.


message 4: by Garrett (new)

Garrett Cash Of course she does, I probably wasn't clear enough. What I meant is that it's absurd that three Virginia Woolf books should be at the top (which frankly shows a predominantly female audience voting here on Goodreads) instead of some Woolf interspersed between other authors like Faulkner and Joyce, who I personally feel are better than Woolf. The Sound and the Fury is THE greatest stream-of-consciousness anyway.


message 5: by Krzysztof (new)

Krzysztof I was ready to say I'd jumped the gun, but man - why a predominantly female audience? Woolf trumps both Joyce and Faulkner by a damn sight, and I'm a guy. I don't understand.


message 6: by Sean (new)

Sean Pagaduan Garrett wrote: "Of course she does, I probably wasn't clear enough. What I meant is that it's absurd that three Virginia Woolf books should be at the top (which frankly shows a predominantly female audience voting..."

HAHAHAHA. A predominantly female audience voting here? Maybe look at the ENTIRE REST OF THE LIST and tell me which way the audience is skewed. After the first three Woolf novels, you have to go down TWENTY-FIVE books to get to the next woman writer.


message 7: by Pfeeley (new)

Pfeeley Why are poems and poetry books even on this list? It should only be for novels. There are many more contemporary (i.e. post-1980) examples of stream-of-consciousness technique.


message 8: by John (last edited Jul 27, 2015 12:45PM) (new)

John Willey Terrible list.
Seems like people who voted for books like: The Great Gatsby, The Bell Jar, Notes From The Underground, Sputnik Sweetheart (???) are confusing the difference between a novel that contains a character's inner thoughts from a novel that uses stream-of-consciousness. Perhaps it is because the definition at the top is incomplete. The very next sentence from the wikipedia article:

"Stream-of-consciousness writing is usually regarded as a special form of interior monologue and is characterized by associative leaps in thought and lack of some or all punctuation."

I could go on, on how this list upsets me, but well I save my rants for myself.


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