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6 - Two Ways of Conversing with the Reader

from Part III - The Author–Reader Channel across Time, Gender, Sex and Race

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 January 2022

Sandrine Sorlin
Affiliation:
Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier
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In Chapter 6, Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews (1742) and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) are analysed in a pragmatic light. Although many have studied the age-old author–reader relationship in these two novels, rarely have the different pragmatic acts the author/narrator is performing in their address to the reader been highlighted. Studied within Warhol’s broader narratological distinctions between ‘distancing’ and ‘engaging’ narrators (1986, 1989, 1995), these addresses are re-placed within the theoretical model developed in Chapter 1 to enhance the difference between the two texts and show that other references of ‘you’ are present in a way never emphasised in studies of these novels (Brontë’s in particular).

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The Stylistics of ‘You'
Second-Person Pronoun and its Pragmatic Effects
, pp. 127 - 153
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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