Narrative Discourse Construction in Thomas Hardy’s Novels

Lingling LI

Abstract


The study is designed to concentrate on the narrative discourse construction in Thomas Hardy’s novels, based on close reading and textual analysis of the related works. Hardy ingeniously manipulates diverse discourse patterns merging the epistolary construction and dramatic presentation into his fiction. Epistolary construction enables Hardy to create intimacy between his characters and the readers, while dialogic structuring and dramatic monologue are applied to psychological description and analysis. It is concluded that both in time span and narrative discourse Hardy transcends the 19th century Victorian norms. In this sense, Hardy may be also acknowledged as a modernist writer for his proficiency in the manipulation of polyphony in discourse construction.

Keywords


Narrative discourse; Epistolary construction; Dramatic monologue; Dialogic structuring

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/8425

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