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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel$
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Rachel Sykes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526108876

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001

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The quiet novel of cognition

The quiet novel of cognition

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(p.116) 4 The quiet novel of cognition
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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel
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Rachel Sykes

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.003.0005

This chapter argues that cognitive fictions expand the focus of the quiet novel, uncovering the complex and often discordant recesses of human consciousness and challenging the traditional division between what is internally and externally felt. This chapter connects the discussion of a quiet aesthetic with early twenty-first century debates about the place of cognitive approaches within literary studies. Indeed, the novel of cognition also recalls the modernist ‘stream’ or ‘novel of consciousness’ whose rich and ambiguous history overlaps with the quiet novels discussed throughout this study.

Keywords:   Cognition, Quiet, Consciousness, Richard Powers, Lynne Tillman, Stream of consciousness

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