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Stream of Consciousness
Transcript of Stream of Consciousness
Stream of Consciousness
A narrative mode that is a depiction of ones thought processes, an interior monologue: thoughts, sentiments, memories, associations, etc.
Texts often lack punctuation and typical sentence structure.
The subject matter may jump around or lack fluidity and coherency.
Sometimes employed in text to convey emotions such as fear, exasperation, excitement.
Often abundant use of polysyndeton or asyndeton.
Social and Historical Influences
The stream of consciousness literary movement took wind around the same time as the modernism movement, between the late 19th and early 20th century.
The most famously regarded works that are examples of stream of consciousness were written between 1922 and 1930.
The ending of WWI triggered a desire in the public to defy previously accepted standards and tradition.
The stream of consciousness technique pushed the boundaries and broke traditional writing convention.
How does this fit in?
Stream of consciousness is interconnected with naturalism and modernism. Overlapping, naturalism fades into stream of consciousness, then fades into modernism. They all come hand-in-hand as they are all very similar and guide the other through transitioning into the next literary movement.
Born into a privileged English household in 1882
Wrote as a young girl, published first novel Melymbrosia (The Voyage Out) in 1915
Wrote and published many more books
"Nonlinear, free from prose" style inspiring, earned good reviews
Known for mood swings, phases of deep depression
Nervous breakdowns; started when mother and step-sister pass in 1895, 1897, death of father in 1904 drove her into institution
Breakdowns and depressive periods influenced by sexual abuse from step brothers
Committed suicide at age 59 in 1941, body not found until April 18
Between the Acts published posthumously
To The Lighthouse
Alexa Claire Nicole
“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.”
But what have I done with my life? thought Mrs. Ramsay, taking her place at the head of the table, and looking at all the plates making white circles on it. "William, sit by me," she said. "Lily," she said, wearily, "over there." They had that -- Paul Rayley and Minta Doyle -- she, only this -- an infinitely long table and plates and knives. At the far end, was her husband, sitting down, all in a heap, frowning. What at? She did not know. She did not mind. She could not understand how she had ever felt any emotion or affection for him. She had a sense of being past everything, as she helped the soup, as if there was an eddy -- there -- and one could be in it, or one could be out of it, and she was out of it. It's all come to an end, she thought, while they came in one after another, Charles Tansley -- "Sit there, please," she said -- Augustus Carmicheal -- and sat down. And meanwhile she waited, passively, for some one to answer her, for something to happen. But this is not a thing, she thought, ladling out soup, that one says.
Raising her eyebrows at the discrepancy -- that was what she was thinking, this was what she was doing -- ladling out soup -- she felt, more and more strongly, outside that eddy; or as if a shade had fallen, and, robbed of colour, she saw things truly."
[...] I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
stream of consciousness
1880s to 1940s
depicted everyday reality
environment social conditions & heredity shape human nature
1880s to 1960s
unorganized flow of thoughts and images
lack coherent structure
focus on emotional and psychological processes
1890s to 1960s
overturned traditional writing modes
expressed new feelings of their time