chapter  5
Narrative iconicity and repetition in oral and literary narratives
BySusan Ehrlich
Pages 18

In many modernist and postmodernist novels, it is a daunting task for the reader to decide which character’s subjective impressions are articulated in a particular passage. Sometimes it may even be impossible to decide whether to attribute a particular passage to the narrator or a particular character. Such ambiguous passages are not uncommon in the novels of Virginia Woolf, for example. But often the presence of one or more linguistic feature (e.g. a change in diction) helps us to solve the problem of attribution. In this chapter, Susan Ehrlich presents a detailed discussion of one of these linguistic features: namely, the repetition of narrative events.