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Associationism and the Literary ImaginationFrom the Phantasmal Chaos$
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Cairns Craig

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748609123

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609123.001.0001

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

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

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Associationism and the Literary Imagination

Cairns Craig

Edinburgh University Press

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

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