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Title: Free indirect style in three modernist narratives : the representation of non-linguistic consciousness and the role of the narrator
Author: Rundquist, Eric
ISNI:       0000 0004 6351 3786
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis develops a theory of free indirect style (FIS) in the context of consciousness presentation in narrative fiction and applies this theory to stylistic analyses of passages from three modernist novels: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow and James Joyce's Ulyssses. A central premise is that FIS is not merely a discourse presentation technique: it also applies to non-linguistic aspects of characters' consciousness, which it enables authors to mimetically represent with language. Because FIS and other consciousness presentation techniques are not limited to discourse, they can be accommodated within a paradigm of consciousness presentation categories that extends beyond the traditional discourse category approach. I propose a linguistic characterisation of FIS based on the unsubordinated expression of third-person subjectivity, which allows it to be treated as a broad category in terms of both its linguistic dimensions and its potential application. The theoretical framework and the analyses in this thesis also consider the potential involvement of a narrator in FIS, and they demonstrate how linguistic features can either implicate or obfuscate such a persona as a subjective voice behind the discourse. The stylistic analyses explore diverse linguistic strategies that serve to conceptualise consciousness and express subjectivity; and they establish links between linguistic features within FIS discourse and narratological and literary critical understandings of the texts, especially in relation to the generic expectations for modernist fiction. This thesis also takes issue with ideas from cognitive narratology that have diminished the importance of FIS and other stylistic categories for the analysis of fictional minds. It aims to justify, expand and improve a stylistic approach to literary interpretation that is concerned with the relationship between language and fictional consciousness.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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