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Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative Fiction: A Corpus-Assisted Approach

Beatrix Busse


The present study investigates speech, writing, and thought presentation in a corpus of 19th-century narrative fiction including, for instance, the novels Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, and many others. All narratives typically contain a reference to or a quotation of someone’s speech, thoughts, or writing. These reports further a narrative, make it more interesting, natural, and vivid, ask the reader to engage with it, and, from a historical point of view, also reflect cultural understandings of the modes of discourse presentation. To a large extent, the way a reade ... More

Keywords: corpus stylistics, historical linguistics, narrative fiction, 19th-century literature, novel, discourse presentation, speech presentation, thought presentation, writing presentation, narratology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190212360
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190212360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beatrix Busse, author
University of Cologne