Stream Of Consciousness Essay

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Title: | A Comparison of the Use of the Stream of Consciousness Technique by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner | Authors: | Alviar, Lourdes J. | Issue Date: | Apr-1984 | Abstract: | Rationale/Background: The novel as a literary form is a way by which an author gives expression to his interpretation of reality. However, for quite sometime, the nature of what is real has been a subject of contention among novelists, as well as among men of diverse disciplines such as science, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. It seems that there are two ways by which the nature of reality can be perceived as gleaned from two general categories of the novel: The traditional novel emphasizes the reality of external actions, while some modern novels stress the reality of man’s psychic content rather than what is outwardly seen through his external actions and attitudes. This modern view of reality engendered by the works of Freud and of Jung in psychoanalysis, results in a deeper interest in man’s inner life. How to portray man’s thoughts and feelings prompt some contemporary novelists like James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to experiment with technique for they have discovered that the tradiotional method of narration is too limited. This is particularly so in portraying character. Hence the innovations in fictional technique. Problem: Main Problem This paper attempted to explain what the stream-of-concsiousness is and how it is practiced by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and William Fulkner. Sub-problems 1. What is the streem-of-consciousness technique, and what inherent problem does its use entail? 2. How do James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and William Fulkner solve this problem? 3. Which of these three authors is able to solve the problem best? Procedure and Research Design: The writer used library research as her main source of information. Each of the novels was
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