Current Passions Year 2017 My newest book, The Inevitable, reached the New York Times stream of consciousness in literature pdf list in 2016. This book is about the deep trends over the next 20 years that will shape your life.
My current passion this year is all Asia. I am finishing up a huge, huge book of my documentary photographs of the disappearing traditions of Asia, between Turkey and Japan. I will try to get to the few remaining countries of Asia that I have not yet visited. The still-untitled book should be published in 2018. Three years ago I published my first fiction, The Silver Cord.
I worked on it for 11 years! At 464 oversized pages, this huge book was fan-funded, the result of a successful Kickstarter-funded campaign. It is now available on Amazon. This site operates under a Creative Commons License. This article is about the literary device.
For the prewriting technique, see Free writing. In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a narrative mode or method that attempts to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind. A ‘river’ or a ‘stream’ are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let’s call it the stream of thought, consciousness, or subjective life.
While many sources use the terms stream of consciousness and interior monologue as synonyms, the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms suggests, that “they can also be distinguished psychologically and literarily. But it is only in the twentieth-century that this technique is fully developed by modernists. The term was first applied in a literary context in The Egoist, April 1918, by May Sinclair, in relation to the early volumes of Dorothy Richardson’s novel sequence Pilgrimage. Richardson, however, describes the term as an ‘lamentably ill-chosen metaphor”. James Joyce was a major pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness.