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A Conversation with one Self

Will Self

Author Will Self’s inaugural lecture of the 2008 Radio 3 Free Thinking festival is archived online here. Self traces the misguided portrayal of consciousness in fiction through history in his typically verbose way. Up for reconsideration are not just the naturalist approach of nineteenth-century literature but also the Joycean stream of consciousness approach. Self argues that the way writers have chosen to portray it does not fit in with the way we really experience our minds.

Self studied philosophy at Oxford before becoming an author; his books include Great Apes, How the Dead Live and The Quantity Theory of Insanity.

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Metaphor in the Mind: The Cognition of Metaphor
By Elisabeth Camp, Harvard Society of Fellows
(Vol. 1, February 2006)
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