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John McGahern’s stylistic and narratological art

Busse, B, McIntyre, D, Nørgaard, N and Toolan, M (2010) John McGahern’s stylistic and narratological art. Lexis, 5. pp. 101-131.

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    Abstract

    The Irish writer John McGahern is acknowledged as a master stylist in both his novels and his
    short stories. In this article we discuss the stylistic and narratological factors that contribute to
    the artistry in McGahern’s short story writing. We analyse three stories: “A Slip-up”, “All
    Sorts of Impossible Things”, and “Creatures of the Earth”, using a combination of qualitative
    and quantitative methodologies. The stylistic devices that we concentrate on are speech and
    thought presentation, negative polarity, lexico-semantic foregrounding, prospection and
    projection, collocation and semantic prosody, and keyness. We argue that by analysing these
    devices it is possible to gain an insight into the way in which McGahern draws the reader into
    his stories and generates empathetic responses to his characters. Consequently, these stylistic
    techniques may be seen as integral to McGahern’s style as a writer.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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    Depositing User: Daniel Mcintyre
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 16:18
    Last Modified: 18 Sep 2012 16:18
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14644

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