Stream of Consciousness

The phrase ‘stream of consciousness’ refers to an uninterrupted and unhindered collection and occurrence of thoughts and ideas in the conscious mind. In literature, the phrase refers to the flow of these thoughts, with reference to a particular character’s thinking process. This literary device is usually used in order to provide a narrative in the form of the character’s thoughts instead of using dialogue or description.

All writings by Virginia Woolf are a good example of literary stream of consciousness.

“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” The Common Reader (1925)

7 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness”

  1. ames Joyce, the Irish novelist and writer, published one of the most influential and I would suggest, difficult novels of modern times, Ulysses, in 1922. He used a new narrative technique known as stream of consciousness, going inside the mind of characters, revealing innermost thoughts, feelings and sensations.

  2. “On the Road”by Jack Kerouac was one of the most incredible stream of consciousness books beat nik perfection teen years informative rebellious cool shit wanted to be a cool teenager moments in my life.

  3. Edgar Allen Poe
    the ”tell tale heart”,also employs the stream of consciousness technique

  4. Edgar Allan Poe
    I think he uses stream of consciousness in The Fall of House Usher… not too sure…

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