Consciousness in Literature

From time to time I’m asked to recommend a novel that has consciousness as its central concern. Two that I’ve read are David Lodge’s Thinks . . . and Dan Lloyd’s Radiant Cool. The former is light entertaining fluff (the “new” university setting will be especially resonant for British readers; most readers will recognise the Dennett-like protagonist, only in the sense of a philosophical position and perhaps comportment – there are certainly no similarities in terms of private life); the latter, written by a formidable theorist actually working in consciousness studies, is pretty dense and is chock full of philosophy in-jokes. I’d recommend both.