Chaos and Conversation: Pater, Joyce, Woolf

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:
Chaos and Conversation: Pater, Joyce, Woolf

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This chapter discusses empiricism, association, and language. It first examines the presumption that empiricism demands the naturalization of language. The chapter introduces the concept of associationist empiricism, and discusses the connection of poststructuralism and art in the next section. It also explains how the novel can draw a person's associational energy to the surface, which prevents it from becoming a one-sided conversation.

Keywords: empiricism; association; language; naturalization; associationist empiricism; poststructuralism; novel; associational energy; conversation

Chapter.  19145 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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