Show Less
Restricted access

Polyphony in Fiction

A Stylistic Analysis of "Middlemarch</I>, "Nostromo</I>, and "Herzog</I>

Masayuki Teranishi

The overall aim of this book is the application of stylistic theories and frameworks to literary texts for a deeper level of interpretation. For this purpose the author conducted an analysis based upon the concepts of ‘polyphony’ and ‘focalization’ of three novels from different literary periods commonly labeled ‘Pre-modernism’, ‘Modernism’, and ‘Postmodernism’, namely, George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-2), Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo (1904), and Saul Bellow’s Herzog (1964). Inspired by the work of Russian linguist-philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin the author attempts to clarify stylistically how polyphony is textualized in each novel and how each mode of polyphony reflects less parochial literary and cultural trends.
Contents: ‘Pre-modernist’, ‘Modernist’ and ‘Postmodernist’? Critical Reviews of Middlemarch, Nostromo and Herzog – Descriptive Framework: The Relation between Polyphony and Focalization – Polyphony and ‘Pre-modernism’? A Stylistic Analysis of Middlemarch – A Mode of Polyphony in Nostromo under Modernist Influence – A Stylistic Analysis of Herzog: A Mode of Postmodern Polyphony.