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Consciousness and the Novel

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As the richest record we have of human consciousness, literature may offer a kind of understanding that is complementary, not opposed, to scientific knowledge. Lodge explores the representation of human consciousness in fiction, mainly English and American, in the light of recent investigations in science.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 6th 2003 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 2002)
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Carla
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A minha propensão para a leitura ensaística manifestada nestas últimas semanas, levou-me a escolher como última obra deste “ciclo”, “A Consciência e o Romance” de David Lodge, um livro onde o leitor é mimoseado com 10 ensaios e uma entrevista a propósito de “Pensamentos Secretos” ao Crítico Literário Craig Raine, director da Revista Areté.

Os ensaios contidos neste volume são os que se seguem:

1.A Consciência e o Romance
2.Crítica Literária e Criação Literária
3.Dickens, Nosso Contemporâneo
4.A Obra
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Christina "6 word reviewer" Lake
Literary criticism, footloose and jargon free.
Leah W
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sitting at my local coffeeshop this morning, chatting with a barista who went to school for creative writing and sidelines as a blogger/journalist when he's not overcaffeinating me in exchange for tips and decent health benefits. At some point, I lamented the fact that people in his writing program don't really have to read any literature. (Note that I was a math major that just took a lot of non-math classes at some fancypants college, so I have no room to talk). He made the argument that ...more
Inês
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maravilhoso. Um livro sobre livros e escritores, sobre críticos e leitores. Um autêntico laboratório de autópsias, adornado pelo humor lodgiano (alguém já inventou esta palavra? Não? Posso ficar com os créditos?), onde se desventram romances e ficcionistas.
Uma obra de não ficção de um grande autor que é igualmente um grande académico mas que faz questão de escapar à pretensão e à arrogância de esfregar o seu conhecimento na cara dos outros. Num mundo cheio de sobranceria intelectual não deixa de
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David Fernandes
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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David Lodge debruça-se neste livro sobre a forma como a consciência humana é representada nos romances.

Para isso recorre a obras de alguns escritores: Charles Dickens, E. M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Amis Martin e Kingsley Amis, Henry James, John Updike, Philip Roth e Kierkegaard. Acrescenta ainda uma entrevista que concedeu a propósito do seu Romance Pensamentos Secretos.

Lodge deslinda com simplicidade e clareza as várias técnicas que cada um daqueles escritores (e ele próprio) usou para represent
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Faez
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It is a rare moment when a scholar who has perfected his knowledge in a field decides to entertain his reader without sacrificing depth and insights.
The first chapter "Consciousness and the Novel", the longest one (90 pages)is an attempt to define the peculiarity of the novel through a survey of the latest cognitive studies. The concept of "qualia" in cognitive studies, meaning the specific nature of our subjective experience of the world, is used to mark the domain of litera
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Mary
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The connection with consciousness seemed to get a bit tenuous in some of the essays, but still, I thought this was a very interesting take on how fiction portrays inner worlds. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the difficulties of making a film based on a Henry James novel, and I want to look up the relatively rare good examples of such films Lodge mentioned. The book also gave me some interesting insights into how writers work and what the creative process can be like, and these were probab ...more
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CONTENIDO

Prefacio, 9

- La conciencia y la novela, 13
- Crítica literaria y creación literaria, 84
- Dickens, nuestro contemporáneo, 102
- La defectuosa obra maestra de Foster, 119
- Waugh y su cómica tierra baldía, 140
- Vivir en las cartas: Kingsley y Martin Amis, 157
- Henry James y el cine, 173
- ¿Adiós, Bech?, 199
- Enfermo de deseo: el profesor lbiertino de Philip Roth, 211
- Kierkegaard para propósitos específicos, 228
- Una conversación en torno a «Pensamientos secretos», 240

Notas, 255
Índice, 265
Tim
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Lodge, quoting Antonio Demasio:: "The imagetic representation of sequences of brain events...is the stuff of which stories are made. A natural preverbal occurrence of storytelling may well be the reason we ended up creating drama and eventually books."

L: "Human consciousness is self-consciousness. We not only have experiences, we are conscious of ourselves having them, and of being affected by them."
Pater Edmund
I only read the long title essay in this collection of "Connected Essays." It is quite good literary criticism, looking at developments in the form of the novel in relation to the experience and theory of consciousness. Lodge's view of cgnitive science is a bit naive, but his approach is so tentative that that doesn't lead him into too many absurdities.
Terry
May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a series of academic essays on consciousness in life, in psychology and in the novel. I have found myself re-reading paragraphs and pages to fully grasp the author's premises but generally worth the work. Not a must read for fiction writers, but I'm learning a lot that will be used in my own writing.
Bev
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found these essays to be very interesting overall. Except the one on Henry James and the movies...that one just didn't keep my attention. I like Lodge better on novels not as a movie critic (not that that was his primary focus, but that's how I kept thinking of him).
Shannon McCue
Some chapters interesting, others boring
Partha
May 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in media
I felt this one was a refreshing departure from the I-know-it-all media theorists. The author is a semiotician and a novelist and his ability to travel on both sides is extremely evident.
Hollis
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: criticism
Very interesting.
Ana
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
not bad, but more technic than I expected, especially because I was not in the mood for this kind. To retry again later
Matt
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whoops. Wrong consciousness book. This one is about narrative, and it's good, but not 5 stars. Sorry!
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Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full-time.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and is the author of numerous works of li
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