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Skaz Rulz: (Re-)Oralisation of Contemporary British Fiction
Skaz Rulz: (Re-)Oralisation of Contemporary British Fiction

Author(s): Grzegorz Maziarczyk
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej
Keywords: British fiction; skaz

Summary/Abstract: Taking as its starting point the Russian Formalist concept of skaz, this paper discusses a number of contemporary British novels in which the illusion of spontaneous speech is created. It analyses basic textual signals of the skaz: the narrator’s idiosyncratic style, frequent addresses to the “you” of the addressee and a highly digressive narrative structure. The skaz mode proves to be a narrative strategy which cannot be associated with a particular literary convention: its popularity should rather be related to the tendencies in contemporary culture indicative of its general re-oralisation.

  • Issue Year: 38/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 90-100
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English