Transparent Minds
Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction
Dorrit Claire Cohn


This book investigates the entire spectrum of techniques for portraying the mental lives of fictional characters in both the stream-of-consciousness novel and other fiction. Each chapter deals with one main technique, illustrated from a wide range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction by writers including Stendhal, Dostoevsky, James, Mann, Kafka, Joyce, Proust, Woolf, and Sarraute.

Dorrit Cohn is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.