Tag: terry pratchett

The role of the reader

i) Introductory In this final chapter I wish to focus entirely on the reader and the reader’s role in relation to the various levels of discourse existing in a text.  The factors affecting the reader’s understanding of the text can be roughly organised into three categories as follows.  Firstly, the organisation of the text or…

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What is literature?

Literature, s. learning, skill in letters. Dr Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary This definition of ‘literature’ provided by Dr Johnson was penned in the middle of the eighteenth century. Here he is as played by Robbie Coltrane in the third Blackadder series: This is such a clever episode, and it’s one of my favourites. The line which makes me…

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Speech and Thought Representation in Terry Pratchett’s ‘Going Postal’

Examples of the fictional representation of speech and thought from Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal: PN (Pure Narrative of Narrative Report of Action): Vetinari looked down at the table again, and seemed to lose interest in Moist for a moment (p. 27). NRS (Narrative Report of Speech): He nodded at Commander Vimes of the Watch, who whispered to…

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Three Spark Novels Covered

We all know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, and we all do it nevertheless. Of course we do. So much so, in fact, that the cover design is now recognised as part of the narratology of a book: the ‘layout and illustration of a book’s cover and the design of…

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