chapter  9
Language, literature and film
The stylistics of Bernard MacLaverty’s Cal
ByPaul Simpson, Martin Montgomery
Pages 27

What artifices does a writer use to persuade readers to co-operate in creating a fictional world peopled by characters who foist their views and ideas, indeed their whole life stories upon them? Paul Simpson and Martin Montgomery offer a plausible answer to this ever recurring question by presenting a stylistic model of narrative rhetoric. To prove the feasibility of their model, they apply it to Bernard MacLaverty’s successful novel Cal (1983/1984), comparing their findings with an analysis of the later film version of the story.