Experiencing meanings in Spark's 'The prime of Miss Jean Brodie’

Caink, A.D. 2012. Experiencing meanings in Spark's 'The prime of Miss Jean Brodie’. Journal of Literary Semantics: an international review. 41 (2), pp. 121-138.

TitleExperiencing meanings in Spark's 'The prime of Miss Jean Brodie’
AuthorsCaink, A.D.
Abstract

This article examines different types of form in Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) and the implied meanings they promote. The pragmatic approach adopted gives prominence to the sequential experience of reading and the textual proximity of evidence in strengthening otherwise weak implicatures. Implicatures related to three aspects of form are examined: (i) the anachronic telling, in which the structuralist account (e.g. Genette 1980) is argued to be inadequate from a reader's pragmatic perspective, (ii) lexical repetition and para-repetition (Toolan 2009), and (iii) the reader's linguistic knowledge of syntactic inversion. The salience of features in these different kinds of form may support weak implicatures regarding characters' narrative roles, relative prominence of key narrative moments, the foregrounding of narration and narrator's intention, as well as supporting inferences about the type of narrative that the novel tends towards in terms characterised by Todorov (1977).

JournalJournal of Literary Semantics: an international review
Journal citation41 (2), pp. 121-138
ISSN0341-7638
YearSep 2012
PublisherDe Gruyter
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1515/jls-2012-0008
Publication dates
PublishedSep 2012

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