'Where am I, lurking in what place of vantage?' The discourse of distance in John Banville's fiction

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Abstract

On the basis of a case study of The Book of Evidence and The Sea, this paper looks at the linguistic means through which at different levels distance is created in the fiction of John Banville. In addition to more or less 'local' but frequent instances where the first-person narrator's own discourse is metatextually commented on, or another's discourse is evoked from his perspective, distancing effects are to be found at the broader levels of the situation of discourse, as in the case of the fictive address of judge and jury in The Book of Evidence, and of the narrator's identity and perspective, as in The Sea, where the narrator zooms out to take an outside perspective on his own vantage point.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-225
Number of pages23
JournalEnglish Text Construction
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

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