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French translations of Jane Austen


Russell, Adam, French translations of Jane Austen, AUMLA : Journal of the Australasian Universities Modern Language Association, 117 pp. 13-33. ISSN 0001-2793 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1179/000127912804641474


In her essay, "Jane Austen and the serious modern novel," Kathryn Sutherland discusses some of the "specific features that mark Austen's contribution to the novel as a serious modern literary form." According to Sutherland, Austen's greatest achievement is the ¨Dnarrative method inflected by the personal subjectivity of a self-conversing heroineˇ¬ most evident in Persuasion, Austenˇ®s posthumously published "late" novel, which appeared in 1818, bound with Northanger Abbey in "two-decker" format (Sutherland 253). In a similar vein, Valerie Shaw observes that Austen makes one of her "subdued" heroines, Anne Elliot, "live more in a consciousness of life's felt complexities than in rationalistic formulations about life." The narrative discourse in Persuasion certainly evinces a predilection for the representation of the heroine's perceptions, thoughts and feelings; in short, her consciousness is the novel's "experiencing centre," which is conveyed by a narrative technique discernible beyond the sentence level, known as free indirect discourse (FID). FID is a complex modality because of its heterogeneity; it produces "dual-voiced effects" in narrative through its hybridity. This term owes much to Bakhtin's concept of "double-voiced speech" (or type three discourses). Double-voiced speech is characterised by two (or more) utterances: "one overt and manifest, the other covert and implicit in the surface utterance."

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Language studies
Research Field:Comparative language studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Russell, Adam (Dr Adam Russell)
ID Code:85081
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2013-06-13
Last Modified:2017-11-14

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