Overhearing Narrative

THE DYNAMICS OF NARRATIVE FORM: STUDIES IN ANGLO-AMERICAN NARRATOLOGY, pp.191-214, John Pier, ed., Walter de Gruyter, 2005

13 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2011

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Reading literary narratives involves interpreting and articulating a number of complex hierarchical structures of communicative address. Some of these interactive processes may be further examined on the basis of an analogy with oral or conversational narrative. The extension, coherence and referential autonomy of narratives favour the generation of elaborate textual images of senders and addressees. These textual subjects of written narratives are built on potentialities which a are already present in conversational narrative, whereas the specific constraints and possibilities of written language and of literary conventions make possible the development of more complex forms. A special sense of "overhearing" as applied to written narratives will have to be defined to account for some such complex effects. An analysis of such phenomena will require an approach through the pragmatic specificity of narrative fiction and of the modes of address involved in it.

Keywords: Literary Theory, Narratology, Narrative, Reading, Dialogism, Implied Reader, Conversational Narrative, Overhearing, Enunciation

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Overhearing Narrative (2005). THE DYNAMICS OF NARRATIVE FORM: STUDIES IN ANGLO-AMERICAN NARRATOLOGY, pp.191-214, John Pier, ed., Walter de Gruyter, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1876084

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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