Everyday Words and the Character of Prose in by Jonathan Farina

By Jonathan Farina

daily phrases is an unique and leading edge examine of the stylistic tics of canonical novelists together with Austen, Dickens, Trollope, Thackeray and Eliot. Jonathan Farina exhibits how usual locutions comparable to 'a determined turn', 'as if' and 'that type of factor' condense nineteenth-century manners, tacit aesthetics and assumptions approximately what counts as wisdom. Writers famous those recurrent 'everyday phrases' as signatures of 'character'. getting to them finds what percentage of the elemental varieties of characterizing fictional characters additionally change into kinds of characterizing gadgets, normal phenomena and inanimate, summary issues, reminiscent of actual legislation, the financial system and felony perform. eventually, this publication revises what 'character' intended to nineteenth-century Britons by way of respecting the overlapping, transdisciplinary connotations of the category.

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