Fictional Dialogue: Speech and Conversation in the Modern and Postmodern Novel

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Index
Abercrombie, David, 23
action: and “booby traps,” 89–90; in Checkpoint, 90–93; and coercion to speak, 84; and contextualization of speech, 78–81, 84–86, 89–90, 91–92; conversational interaction as, 75–76, 77, 78, 80–85, 90–93; in crime fiction, 115; juxtaposition of, with speech, 89; in Modernist novels, 74; and multi-party talk, 85, 88; oral accounts of, 82–83; and pacing, 76, 77, 87–88, 90–91; and plot, 74–75, 88; in Postmodernist novels, 74, 75; priority of speech over, 77–78, 93; and “scene” organization, 76, 77, 83–89, 90–91, 93; and speech act theory, 78
addressee, role of the, 46–47, 62, 64, 71; and superaddressee, 148–49
afternoon, a story (Joyce), 152, 185n3; and anxiety about speaking, 162, 163–64; and coercion to speak, 163; and contextualization of speech, 158–60; conversational interaction in, 157–59, 162, 163–67; narration of, 155, 158, 162; plot line of, 154–55, 159– 60; representation of speech in, 155– 57, 158; and sequencing of dialogue, 159–60, 164–67; speech tags in, 158; and the “talking cure,” 162, 163. See also hypertext fiction
“alibi of interaction,” 11, 130, 137–38. See also technology
attribution theory, 67, 71, 83
“babel of voices” technique, 65, 107–8, 132, 184n3. See also multi-party talk
Baker, Nicholson, vii, 10, 75; Checkpoint, 19, 90–93, 102; and script form, 19, 90, 102; Vox, 58, 135
Bakhtin, Mikhail, 4–5, 40, 42, 170, 175; and addressivity, 148–49, 160; and the carnivalesque nature of dialogue, 120; critiques of, 5, 40–41; and dialogical principle, 36; and dialogism, 57–58, 79, 99, 106, 177; and heteroglossia, 4, 39, 99, 156, 170, 175; idealism of, 40; and polyphony, 99, 170; and skaz, 175; and superaddressee, 148–49
Barnett, Louise, 34
Beckett, Samuel, 153
Being There (Kosinsky), 57, 133, 139, 141
Bishop, Ryan, 1–2, 17
Black Mischief (Waugh), 85–86
Blake, N. F., 31
Blindness (Saramago), 25
Bolter, Jay, 169
“booby traps,” 89–90, 113–14. See also devices
Brantlinger, Patrick, 129
broadcast media. See radio; television
Brothers and Sisters (Compton-Burnett), 68–69; family interactions in, 70–72, 172; self-discovery in, 72–73; vocalization of secrets in, 69–71, 81

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Theory 13
  • 1 - Debates about Realism 15
  • 2 - The “Idea of Dialogue” 36
  • Part II - Narrative Cornerstones 55
  • 3 - Speech, Character, and Intention 57
  • 4 - Dialogue in Action 74
  • 5 - Framing 95
  • Part III - Genre and Medium 111
  • 6 - Dialogue and Genre 113
  • 7 - The Alibi of Interaction Dialogue and New Technologies 129
  • 8 - Stuck in a Loop? Dialogue in Hypertext Fiction 152
  • Conclusion 170
  • Appendix - Last Orders- An Analysis of a Chapter from Graham Swift’s Novel 175
  • Notes 183
  • Bibliography 187
  • Index 201
  • In the Frontiers of Narrative Series 213
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