stream of consciousness


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stream of consciousness

n. pl. streams of consciousness
1. A literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur.
2. Psychology The conscious experience of an individual regarded as a continuous, flowing series of images and ideas running through the mind.

stream′-of-con′scious·ness adj.

stream of consciousness

n
1. (Psychology) psychol the continuous flow of ideas, thoughts, and feelings forming the content of an individual's consciousness. The term was originated by William James
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. a literary technique that reveals the flow of thoughts and feelings of characters through long passages of soliloquy
b. (as modifier): a stream-of-consciousness novel.

stream′ of con′sciousness


n.
1. thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.
2. a style of writing in which a character's random thoughts are represented by disregarding logical sequence, normal syntax, or distinctions in the levels of reality.
[1850–55]
stream′-of-con′sciousness, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stream of consciousness - a literary genre that reveals a character's thoughts and feeling as they develop by means of a long soliloquy
prose - ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
2.stream of consciousness - the continuous flow of ideas and feelings that constitute an individual's conscious experience
consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
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The postmodern structure of this collection creates poetic fragments that are seamlessly interwoven in an effortless stream of consciousness flow.
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Then came the great masters of Modernism, who reasserted the subjective and irrational with such devices as stream of consciousness.
The stream of consciousness prose in "It was a Long and Lonely Night" was first rate.
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And none of these monuments is larger or more assailable than Ulysses, a dense, allusive, 300,000-word blend of stream of consciousness, multiple narrators, genre parodies, Irish history, and a long, farcical dream play.
As this intriguing ingenue dwells on her perpetual off-hour trysts, comparing the relative brutality of lovers by nationality and rank, the matrix of her stream of consciousness summons thoughts of Lukich, her avuncular guardian angel in the tent next door; of Walter Ivanovich, a teacher whose romantic image she idolizes; of Svetka, despised co-administrator to the passions of the officer corps; and other role-players in her internal drama of devotion to the motherland.
We all have this stream of consciousness - fully formed thoughts, but also little bits and fragments," said Michael McDonald, an English instructor at Lane Community College.
Within Williams's often inaccessible stream of consciousness are many moments of scintillating clarity and disarming one-liners such as "Books are carefully folded forests.
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