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Construire, reconstruire et déconstruire le monologue intérieur en littérature anglophone

Abstract : This article aims to explore the different linguistic techniques used in literature to reconstruct (i.e. construct again) what is called “interior monologue” in literature, and thus to give the reader the impression that they are given a direct access to an original interior discourse. Contrary to what is commonly thought, we want to show that this narratological category can manifest both via the technique of immediate discourse and via some techniques of reported speech: namely, (free) direct discourse and, in some cases, free indirect discourse. The way the reader perceives the interior discourse is linked to the preconceptions conveyed by those techniques, with which novelists play. We intend then to deconstruct the use writers make of them, and to study the effects produced on the reader. This will also lead us to focus on how the author may re-construct interior discourses (i.e. construct in a different way) and give a particular form to a content which was different or totally inexistent. The goal is to see more clearly in the illusions and expectations created, and to analyse how linguistic techniques are instruments to manipulate the reader.
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Florence Floquet. Construire, reconstruire et déconstruire le monologue intérieur en littérature anglophone. Etudes de stylistique anglaise, Société de stylistique anglaise, Lyon, 2017, pp.153-174. ⟨10.4000/esa.677⟩. ⟨hal-02114936⟩

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