Representations of Semiconsciousness and Control
Chapter Two discusses fiction authors’ adoption of implicature to represent characters’ semiconsciousness of or denials of information. The lack of explicit reference to this information in the description of a character’s thoughts mimetically illustrates the character’s lack of consciousness. While these implicatures are often similar to free indirect discourse, sometimes only a striking lack of information is present in a narrative, rather than the particular nuances of a given character’s language that definitively make up free indirect discourse. In Chapter Two, representations of courtship in mid-Victorian novels are used in case studies which discuss the portrayal of characters’ lack of self-awareness. ‘Falling in love’ is often represented as an unconscious process in the Victorian novel, and authors use implicature to communicate both characters’ unconsciousness and the feelings of which they are unconscious. The chapter discusses George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss and Anthony Trollope’s Orley Farm.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.