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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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Chaos and Conversation: Pater, Joyce, Woolf

Chaos and Conversation: Pater, Joyce, Woolf

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Associationism and the Literary Imagination

Cairns Craig

Edinburgh University Press

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

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