The Wandering Wondering Mind
In a published conversation, W.G. Sebald describes his writing process as a sort of roaming through which materials are gathered, “So you then have a small amount of material, and you accumulate things, and it grows; one thing takes you to another, and you make something out of these haphazardly assembled materials. And, as they have been assembled in this random fashion, you have to strain your imagination in order to create a connection between the two things.” In accord with this attitude towards writing, we will read a selection of works whose narrative structure demonstrates a wandering/wondering mind(s) in various iterations from associative thinking to stream of consciousness. We will first learn about literary styles– such as stream of consciousness – pertaining to the theme of this course before examining the way in which continuous inner monologues, associations, digressions, and interruptions lead to the logic of a text.