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Ill Wit and Sick Tragedy: Jude the Obscure

  • Christine Brooke-Rose

Abstract

In an interesting essay, John Goode analyses Hardy’s most controversial character, Sue Bridehead, as an image in Jude’s life, whose function is to open a gap between what she says and the way she is understood, and he argues that we go seriously wrong in treating Jude ‘in terms of a representation which we then find “incomprehensible”, for it is the incomprehensibility that constitutes the novel’s effect’.1

Keywords

Social Unrest Direct Discourse Internal Focalisation Legalistic Marriage Narrativised Discourse 
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Further Reading

  1. Barthes, Roland, S/Z (Paris: Seuil, 1970; translated by Richard Miller, S/Z, New York: Hill & Wang, 1974).Google Scholar
  2. Genette, Gérard, ‘Discours du récit’, in Figures III (Paris: Seuil, 1972).Google Scholar
  3. Genette, Gérard, Nouveau discours du récit (Paris: Seuil, 1983).Google Scholar
  4. Hamburger, Käte, Die Logik der Dichtung (Stuttgart: Ernst Klett Verlag, 1957; translated by Marilyn J. Rose, Indiana University Press, 1973).Google Scholar
  5. McHale, Brian, ‘Free Indirect Discourse: A Survey of Recent Accounts’, Poetics and Theory of Literature, vol. 3 (1978) no. 2, pp. 249–87.Google Scholar
  6. McHale, Brian, ‘Unspeakable Sentences, Unnatural Acts — Linguistics and Poetics Revisited’, Poetics Today, vol. 4 (1983) no. 1, pp. 17–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Stanzel, F. K., Theorie des Erzahlens (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; translated by Charlotte Goedsche, A Theory of Narrative, Cambridge University Press, 1984).Google Scholar

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© Christine Brooke-Rose 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Brooke-Rose
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Paris VIIIFrance

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