stream of consciousness


stream of consciousness

Definition of STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS

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:  the continuous unedited chronological flow of conscious experience through the mind

First Known Use of STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS

1855

stream of consciousness

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS

: the continuous unedited flow of conscious experience through the mind

stream of consciousness

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Narrative technique in nondramatic fiction intended to render the flow of myriad impressions—visual, auditory, tactile, associative, and subliminal—that impinge on an individual consciousness. To represent the mind at work, a writer may incorporate snatches of thought and grammatical constructions that do not seem coherent because they are based on the free association of ideas and images. The term was first used by William James in The Principles of Psychology (1890). In the 20th century, writers attempting to capture the total flow of their characters' consciousness commonly used the techniques of interior monologue, which represents a sequence of thought and feeling. Novels in which stream of consciousness plays an important role include James Joyce's Ulysses (1922), William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury (1929), and Virginia Woolf's The Waves (1931).

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