Free Indirect Style in Modernism

Representations of consciousness

Eric Rundquist | Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
ISBN 9789027200174 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264534 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Free Indirect Style (FIS) is a linguistic technique that defies the logic of human subjectivity by enabling readers to directly observe the subjective experiences of third-person characters. This book consolidates the existing literary-linguistic scholarship on FIS into a theory that is based around one of its most important effects: consciousness representation. Modernist narratives exhibit intensified formal experimentation and a heightened concern with characters’ conscious experience, and this provides an ideal context for exploring FIS and its implications for character consciousness. This book focuses on three novels that are central to the Modernist canon: Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow and James Joyce’s Ulysses. It applies the revised theory of FIS in close semantic analyses of the language in these narratives and combines stylistics with literary criticism, linking interpretations with linguistic features in distinct manifestations of the style.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 29] 2017.  xvii, 197 pp.
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“This is one of the most insightful and semantically nuanced studies of fictional consciousness. By refocusing scholarly attention on the linguistic mechanics of consciousness presentation, Eric Rundquist offers a compelling argument about the value of stylistic taxonomies and precise stylistic analysis in our understanding of one of the central questions of literary study – narrative consciousness. The wider repercussions of this radical new contribution to narrative theory extend to our understanding of the complexities of human consciousness.”
“Eric Rundquist here makes an insightful, original and readable contribution to the central literary linguistic question of free indirect style in Modernist fiction.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research


Narrative Studies

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

DSK: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

Main BISAC Subject

LIT025000: LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General
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