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“Bridging the Lonely Distances”: A Study of Metaphorical and Physical Voice in Don DeLillo’s The Names from the Perspective of Post-Classical Narratology
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS).
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper explores narratology with a focus on metaphorical and physical voice in Don DeLillo’s 1982 novel, The Names. Beginning with an overview of previous criticism on the novel and an exploration of its post-modern qualities, I progress into a discussion of meaning, and how it can be found in the narratological voice. The concepts of semantic and vocal form of meaning are taken into consideration. Moreover, it is demonstrated how language in The Names is both representational and experiential. Analysing the novel both in print and in audiobook format, I study voice from the perspective of post-classical narratology. With the use of audionarratological theory, I illustrate how voice in The Names is transformed into an explicit and amplified presence when encountered in its audiobook form. In this context, ideological characteristics of the voice are explored, and I look at how they are semiotically communicated. Finally, since criticism of post-modern fiction usually focuses on representational and metafictional qualities of language, this paper advocates for future research on the experiential qualities of language and asks for this mindset to be applied when analysing post-modern fiction. It is illustrated how the experience of listening to an audiobook version can add to the interpretation of a printed work.

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Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle , 2018. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Narratology, Voice, Audionarratology, Transmediality, Postclassical Narratology, Postmodern Fiction, Don DeLillo, The Names, Audiobooks, Language as experiential, Vocal Meaning
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-21627Local ID: 25979OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-21627DiVA, id: diva2:1481534
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KS K3 English studies
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