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Conspicuous silences : implicature and fictionality in the Victorian novel / Ruth Rosaler.

Author:
Rosaler, Ruth [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
Εdition:
First edition.
Description:
viii, 184 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
Summary note:
How are a reader's perceptions of a plot impacted by its presentation through textual clues rather than explicit narration, and why would an author choose this comparatively indirect mode of narration? 'Conspicuous Silences' answers these questions by examining Victorian novels in which pivotal events are left inexplicit for hundreds of pages at a time, but are nonetheless evident to the reader. The clarity with which readers understand these inexplicit plot lines is evidenced by their ability to follow the progression of narratives that rely heavily on the inexplicit content being detected; without this reader comprehension, these narratives would be deemed incoherent. In linguistics, communications that depend on a hearer's or reader's inference, rather on their 'decoding' the explicit content of an utterance, are termed 'implicatures'. 'Conspicuous Silences' explores the impact that central, sustained implicatures have on a reader's experience of a novel. It also discusses how authors may generate those implicatures by exploiting the reader's assumption of narratorial omniscience, and the correlated reader assumption of a narrative's fictionality.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-182) and index.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9780198769743
  • 0198769741
LCCN:
2016934697
OCLC:
949771036
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