Today`s preliminary lecture notes will be dealing with the stream of consciousness. This device is employed by writers who have a complete inability to edit. It`s no mistake James Joyce was the first to have been labelled with this concept as his ramblings are of utter most twaddle. There is much intellectual debate under this topic. Some maintain it a purity of thought whereby the mind continually spews dialogue while the pen desperately tries to keep up. Others say it`s a bunch of words a child could have strung together. Such disregard for sentence structure is on par with literary anarchy.
Now this is the main bone of contention. If thought goes off on a tangent is writing allowed to follow.. Or is the process of making something understandable the price paid for pure thought.
Anyhow I`m sure you can see, this mornings lecture should be a real humdinger. I do hope Osyan Agbogdugilah doesn`t start asking questions about African rhythms in the eighteenth century novel. I`ll come to the question of rhythm in literature at a later date.