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Strangers and secrets : communication in the nineteenth-century novel, R.A. York

Label
Strangers and secrets : communication in the nineteenth-century novel
Title
Strangers and secrets
Title remainder
communication in the nineteenth-century novel
Statement of responsibility
R.A. York
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • What happens when we communicate with other people? The topic has been much studied in sociolinguistics, as well as by philosophers, sociologists, and communication theorists; but it is also one of the main concerns of novelists, and it is a major source of comedy, intrigue, and pathos in many novels. To illustrate this, R. A. York studies eight classics from nineteenth-century England - Emma, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, North and South, Barchester Towers, The Woman in White, Great Expectations, and Middlemarch - showing that literature is not only a celebration of the power to communicate, but also a celebration of the need to discipline communication
  • Some of the novels treated by York depict a seemingly stable society within which strong conventions for what and how something can be communicated exist. But the norms of communication are challenged and threatened by two things: the presence of outsiders - strangers who do not share the social norms or the common knowledge they imply - and the wish of characters, through shame, modesty, or self-interest, to keep their knowledge and feelings secret from others. These two factors are, in fact, often intertwined - the arrival of strangers in a community creates an atmosphere of secrecy and reserve, which brings with it uncertainty, tension, curiosity, and excitement
  • In thus recording social mobility and the disturbances it brings to the community, the novelists of nineteenth-century England offer - more or less openly - a comment on the impact of historical change, showing how characters seek to save themselves from the challenge of new degrees of communication (that is, to maintain self-respect and social cohesion by restricting the extent to which they allow themselves to know others and to be known by them). If the novelists often show sympathy for such a defensive strategy, they also celebrate the openness and fullness of communication which may be forced upon their characters, and they explore forms of communication that are all the more satisfying because they are difficult - often indirect and gained at the cost of overcoming xenophobia and the comfort of secrecy
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
York, R. A.
Index
index present
LC call number
PR868.C636
LC item number
Y67 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Communication in literature
  • Outsiders in literature
  • Secrecy in literature
  • Buitenstaanders
  • Communicatie
  • Romans
  • Engels
  • Roman anglais
  • Communication dans la littérature
  • Marginaux dans la littérature
  • Secret dans la littérature
  • Roman
  • Kommunikation
  • Geschichte 1832-1902
  • Außenseiter
  • Kommunikation (Motiv)
  • Buitenstaanders
  • Communicatie
  • Engels
  • Romans
  • Communication in literature
  • English fiction
  • Outsiders in literature
  • Secrecy in literature
  • Englisch
Label
Strangers and secrets : communication in the nineteenth-century novel, R.A. York
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-161) and index
Contents
Emma -- Wuthering Heights -- Jane Eyre -- North and South -- Barchester Towers -- The Woman in White -- Great Expectations -- Middlemarch
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
164 p.
Isbn
9780838635339
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92055125
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28801856
  • (OCoLC)ocm28801856
Label
Strangers and secrets : communication in the nineteenth-century novel, R.A. York
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-161) and index
Contents
Emma -- Wuthering Heights -- Jane Eyre -- North and South -- Barchester Towers -- The Woman in White -- Great Expectations -- Middlemarch
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
164 p.
Isbn
9780838635339
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92055125
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28801856
  • (OCoLC)ocm28801856

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