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Strange Attractors and the Conversible World: Hume, Sterne, Dickens

Cairns Craig

in Associationism and the Literary Imagination

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748609123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609123.003.0004
Strange Attractors and the Conversible World: Hume, Sterne, Dickens

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This chapter examines associationism in the context of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel. It shows David Hume's description of association as occurring within conversation and between conversationalists, and then studies the development of the nineteenth-century novel. The next section discusses the retrospective associations of the writer and their transfer into the prospective associations of the character. The chapter also takes a look at the language of association, which had come to be a common resource for the authors to draw the delineation of character.

Keywords: novel; conversation; conversationalists; retrospective associations; prospective associations; language of association; delineation; writer; character

Chapter.  19868 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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