A new voice in narrative
De Reuck, J. (1986) A new voice in narrative. Journal of Literary Studies, 2 (2). pp. 41-56.
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This article is an attempt to define an area of narratological interest that has, until now, remained somewhat blurred ontologically.
Although the focus is on so‐called ‘unreliable’ first person narration, it challenges, in essence, the concept of the implied author but, in doing so, seeks to amplify and explicate the mode of being of such a narratological concept rather than to jettison it altogether.
The postulation of indices in the text that alert the reader to the presence of an ‘immanent’ voice is meant to supplement the contributions made to the study of narrative by such analysts as Stanzel and Genette. What is often loosely referred to as the ‘ironic mode’ of the implied author can be seen with more clarity to be the mode of being of a complex activity that is grounded in an elusive, but no less tangible for all its ‘absence’, immanent narrative voice.
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