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By I. Duncan

One of the first serious works on Alice Munro's writing, this research of her brief fiction is educated via the disciplines of narratology and literary linguistics. via interpreting Munro's narrative artwork, Isla Duncan demonstrates a wealthy knowing of the complicated, densely layered, frequently unsettling tales.

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She must have got close” (p. 118). This instance of free indirect discourse conveys Robert’s unease at what he suspects is his wife’s prurience, but it is a prurience not so different from the curiosity he and Karen display, when each demands to know and expresses disbelief at being excluded from knowledge. Changing Perspectives 37 Immediately after these revelations of ghoulish curiosity, the narrator reports on how the Gilmore community in general reacts to news of the murder-suicide. Their reactions are presented in a series of questions and answers spoken by “people on the street, in the bakery and the café and the bank and the post office, talking” (p.

P. 113) With its initially informative function, and the inclusion of the reporting clause “she thought,” the first paragraph reads like heterodiegesis. However, the account assumes the qualities of free indirect discourse, evident in vestiges of informality and markers of modality and contingency. These make the report seem less authoritative. What follows in the narrator’s interjected parenthesis confirms that it is speculative, and, along with the allusion to his forgetting, provides further evidence of Robert’s unreliability.

This, in fact, was Robert’s explanation to himself. She didn’t say all that, but he forgot she didn’t. ”) (p. 113) With its initially informative function, and the inclusion of the reporting clause “she thought,” the first paragraph reads like heterodiegesis. However, the account assumes the qualities of free indirect discourse, evident in vestiges of informality and markers of modality and contingency. These make the report seem less authoritative. What follows in the narrator’s interjected parenthesis confirms that it is speculative, and, along with the allusion to his forgetting, provides further evidence of Robert’s unreliability.

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