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Jane Austen's free indirect style : a linguistic ethnography

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Title: Jane Austen's free indirect style : a linguistic ethnography
Author: Wajsberg, Jeffrey
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program English
Copyright Date: 2012
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2012-01-27
Abstract: This study assesses the relationship between the diffusion of free indirect discourse and the decline of the British epistolary novel in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Studying the works of a single stylist, Jane Austen, and her engagement with the mobility of the letter genre at the turn of the century, it synthesizes literary-historical, linguistic, and narratological perspectives on discourse representation in order to evaluate claims that Austen was the “pioneer” of this free indirect style, and to comment on how her simultaneous shift in genre from the first-person epistolary mode to third-person classical realism informs that style’s development.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/40337
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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