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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



Types of publications

  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Author: Marina S. Rogachewskaya
  • Pages: 318-333
  • Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
  • Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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  • Language of the publication: Russian
  • Type of document: Research Article
  • Collection: «The History of Literature»: Non-scientific sources of a scientific genre
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  • Year of publication: 2022
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Rogachewskaya, M.S. “History of Fiction as the History of Human Consciousness (Based on D. Lodge’s Work ‛Consciousness and the Novel’).” “The History of Literature”: Non-Scientific Sources of a Scientific Genre. Ex. ed. Maria R. Nenarokova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022, pp. 318–333. (In Russian)

About the author:

Marina S. Ragachewskaya, DSc in Philology, Associate Professor, Minsk State Linguistic University, Zakharova 21, 220034 Minsk, the Republic of Belarus.

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Fiction and the relevant conceptualizing academic discipline have been developing in parallel. Human consciousness is simultaneously a tool for understanding the world and its artistic representation and the object of human comprehension of our inner nature. Consciousness has been represented in fiction beginning from its perception as a material substance in the Middle Ages, through naming the emotions, expansion of the range of feelings depicted in the Renaissance literature, through the first-person narration and identification of the thought and the word, towards the discovery of the unconscious and the ways of its representation in the epoch of Modernism, and equation of the processes of consciousness and the principles of functioning of the artificial intelligence during the Postmodern period. Consciousness as a tool became an object of artistic discovery in the 20th century inspiring the emergence of the “novel of consciousness” genre. The English writer and critic D. Lodge in his work “Consciousness and the Novel” expounded the basic caveats about human consciousness, drawing attention to the contingence of fiction and science, as well as fiction and the history of its studies.

  • Keywords: consciousness, the unconscious, D. Lodge, fiction, novel of consciousness.


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