On Stylization of the Folk Narrator in Fiction Written at
the Turn of the 1860s Cover Image

„Já jsem to jen podle jeho řeči složil a maličko jsem k tomu sám přidal…“ Ke stylizaci lidového vypravěče v próze na přelomu padesátých a šedesátých let 19. století
On Stylization of the Folk Narrator in Fiction Written at the Turn of the 1860s

Author(s): Alice Jedličková
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Czech Literature
Published by: Ústav slovenskej literatúry SAV
Keywords: orality; first-person narration; omniscience; narrative authority; folklore genres; Czech fiction of 19th century;

Summary/Abstract: The paper prompted by the discussion on the apprehension of ordinary folk and folkcharacter in the 19th century stems from long-term research into narrative techniquesof fiction written in the period of time in question. Its central categories include therelation between the architext of folk experience narration and other folk genresto their literary applications, as well as stylization of a skaz-like folk narrator. Suchnarrator typically identifies her- or himself as homodiegetic, however, she enjoys ahigher degree of authority (especially omniscience) than plausible in her position.This may be explained by the author´s need to keep the plot attractive for any kind ofaudience. On the other hand, alternating the mode of the folk narrator and sophisticatedliterary techniques points to the effort to address the well-read audience. Basedon the comparison of typical examples from the production of three authors (KarolinaSvětlá, Leopold Hansmann and Vítězslav Hálek), the communication intentions ofsuch narrators and their attitude to the assumed audience can be conceptualized,respectively, as integration, togetherness and confrontation.

  • Issue Year: 66/2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 188 - 206
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Czech