RE: RARA-AVIS: An inquiry

Date: 08 Feb 2000

Missed the orig. inquiry, but saw ED's response which included it.

Agree with his choices and would speculate the practice of no " " marks comes from the attempts to get inside characters, based on new notions of the subjective that arise in the 19th-early 20th century. These Techniques feature what's called interior monologue or (more generally) stream of consciousness and those using it would, as Joyce did, see the marks as an affectation, since everything is "registered" inside us anyway, where dialogue mixes with thoughts, memories, etc. It's close to another, older technique, called free indirect discourse I think, where the phrasing and syntax are a character's even though being rendered in the sentences of someone else's thought or voice, without quotation marks.

So you might run into it in any of a number of modern novels which feature pschological or "stream" techniques.

More than you wanted, I expect.

# To unsubscribe, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
# The web pages for the list are at .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 08 Feb 2000 EST