Transparent Minds by Dorrit Claire Cohn

By Dorrit Claire Cohn

This booklet investigates the whole spectrum of concepts for portraying the psychological lives of fictional characters in either the stream-of-consciousness novel and different fiction. each one bankruptcy offers with one major method, illustrated from quite a lot of 19th- and twentieth-century fiction via writers together with Stendhal, Dostoevsky, James, Mann, Kafka, Joyce, Proust, Woolf, and Sarraute.

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The islands come up reflexively as limit cases in asides, as in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, where a character refers to New Orleans as so wicked it is “most equal to going to the Sandwich islands,” and a rearranged hat is described as giving a slave an air of “defiance, quite equal to that of any Fejee chief ” (Stowe 1981: 245, 100). Such references are continuous with the deforming and caricaturistic visual images of Islanders in texts such as Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872), or in political cartoons, such as the tattooed man series attacking presidential candidate James Blaine, in which the man’s political deeds are tattooed on his body, or cartoons that presented Lili‘uokalani as African American.

In the nineteenth century, as Pamela Cheek argues in her comparative study of the gendered dimension of Orientialisms in Oceania, nationalism is particularly bound up with constructions of masculinity: “one became not just a man, but an ‘American’ man, as opposed to a British, or French, or Oceanian subject” (Cheek 2003: 2; see also Nelson 1998). S. ” To invoke Judith Butler, such performances, in compulsive and compulsory ways, were not so much imitations of a coherent subject as attempts to constitute that subject through contradistinction (Butler 1993).

S. imagination, Olson argues, “The Pacific is . . the Plains repeated, a 20th century Great West. Melville understood the relation of the two geographies”; he understood that “America completes her West only on the coast of Asia” (Olson 1947: 13, 114, 117). ” Through such reading, Melville’s Tommo and Toby, lost in the Marquesas, become “‘pioneers,’ who hack their way through a forest of cane (as if Nukuheva were Kentucky), and encounter Niagras of waterfalls” (Fussell 1965: 236). In this spirit, Life magazine writer A.

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