How Novels Portray Consciousness

All writers of fiction are engaged with consciousness in fundamental ways. For starters, what we write comes from our consciousness. At the same time, we invent consciousness for characters in our novels. Novelists try┬áto convey inner feelings in words, and expressing inner experience in a true and meaningful way seems like quite a tall order. Ever since the first novels were written, authors have done this in different ways. In his book, Consciousness and the Novel, author and literary critic David Lodge explores how the study of human consciousness has changed over time, and how this effects the representation of…