Jane Austen free indirect style, gender and interiority in literary fiction

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MacMahon, Barbara 2018. Jane Austen free indirect style, gender and interiority in literary fiction. in: Palgrave Macmillan.
AuthorsMacMahon, Barbara
Abstract

In this chapter I suggest that Jane Austen’s use of free indirect style has a far-reaching legacy in terms of establishing the form as central to a sense of literariness in prose fiction. More particularly, I argue that Austen’s use of language metarepresents the thoughts of female characters as a dynamic process of understanding themselves and their worlds. This coincides with a more general perception, construction and performance of ‘feminine’ thought and language use as hesitant, equivocal and spontaneous. I explore the influence of Austen’s style with close analysis and comparison of passages of interiority in Austen’s Mansfield Park, Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘Millie’ and Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane.

KeywordsFree indirect discourse, narrative point of view, metarepresentation, Austen
Year2018
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN978-3-319-95894-1
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95894-1_11
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623660
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Publication dates21 May 2018
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Deposited10 Apr 2019, 15:08
Accepted31 Jan 2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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