Attitude and irony in the narrative voices of Jane Austen's juvenilia

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Abstract

This narratological study deals with the stance of irony in Jane Austen’s juvenilia. It looks for ‘gaps’ between the attitudes of implied authors, narrators and characters, and investigates how these gaps contribute to the irony of the texts. Once it has been established that the implied author has an ‘ironic intent’, the primary question is whether the narrator shares this intent. Some narrators seem to display an ironic attitude towards their characters and make consciously ironic comments, but in other cases the narrator seems totally oblivious of any irony in their narrative; indeed, the very cluelessness of the narrator is sometimes a source of comedy. Austen’s early narrative texts, which constitute the main portion of the juvenilia, can be divided into three categories according to narrative situation: narratives with one heterodiegetic narrator, narratives with one homodiegetic narrator – in this category, ‘Love and Freindship’ is the chief instance – and narratives with multiple homodiegetic narrators. This division leads to the discovery that the attitudinal gaps are to be found between different personae in different categories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubjectivity and Epistemicity : Corpus, Discourse and Literary Approaches to Stance
EditorsDylan Glynn, Mette Sjölin
PublisherCentre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
Pages63-90
Volume117
ISBN (Print)978-91-87833-19-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

Name
Volume117
ISSN (Print)0076-1451

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Specific Literatures

Keywords

  • Jane Austen
  • juvenilia
  • narratology
  • irony

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