Postscript: Unusual Voices and Multiple Identities
In the postscript to Pronouns in Literature, Brian Richardson brings his narratological expertise in pronouns to the collection and reviews the analytical and theoretical contributions made by each chapter. He situates the book in relation to a history of growing literary experimentation with pronouns, and the consequent rise in critical and especially narratological attention to pronouns. Richardson draws out patterns across the chapters, noting particularly the interesting frequency of focus on significant text-internal shifts in pronoun use and related issues of voice and perspective. This is but one of several avenues for further research arising from the chapters and noted by Richardson; others include the surprising new insights on uses of I, autofictionality, and unnatural narratology. His contribution rounds up the collection with a keen critical eye, helpfully highlighting of the book’s key advancements to knowledge, and suggesting where study of this area could go next.
KeywordsLiterary experimentation Narrative perspective Narrative voice Narratology Pronouns Unnatural narratology
I wish to thank Kent Cartwright for generously sharing his knowledge of the staging of Shakespeare’s plays.
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