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The Voice of the Narrator in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite the extensive use of narratology in literary studies there has been scarcely any application of this methodology on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which seems to provide a fertile ground for such an analysis. Attempting to address this gap, this essay specifically examines the voice of the narrator to show how the narrator affects the narrative. The relevance in such research lies in the fact that the narrator asserts control over the story and deeper awareness of a narrator’s influence exposes certain forms of emotional and political manipulation. 

Using concepts such as external and character-bound narration and focalization, as well as other frameworks established by prominent narratologists such as Mike Bal and Uri Margolin, I argue that the narrator in Alice is an unreliable one which injects opinionated comments into the narrative and thereby attempts to steer the story in a certain direction. More specifically this essay looks at how the narrator describes the main character Alice, her behaviour and personality, with clear personal views that colour the narrative enormously.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
narrator influence; focalization; Mieke Bal; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
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Humanities and the Arts Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-144152OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-144152DiVA: diva2:1108647
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Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-12 Last updated: 2017-06-12Bibliographically approved

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