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Memory in the Era of Dynamic Psychology: Nineteenth-Century Backgrounds

Author(s): Suzanne Nalbantian, Olga Mastela
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: memory; Henri Bergson; Pierre JanetWilliam James; James Joyce; William Faulkner; Virginia Woolf

Summary/Abstract: The author of the text sketches the major findings made in the field of memory research in the late nineteenth century, called by some “a golden age of memory,” and shows how these discoveries paved three different pathways for the exploration of memory by fiction writers in the twentieth century. She focuses, in particular, on the legacy of the three leading French and American psychologists: Henri Bergson, who placed memory processes and their duration in the metaphysical domain, Pierre Janet, who examined the functioning of automatic memory at the famous Salpêtrière clinic and actually founded the school of Dynamic Psychiatry, and William James, who in fact invented the notion of “the stream of consciousness,” adopted later by such eminent writers as James Joyce, William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 17-34
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish