By Bronwen Thomas
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Extra resources for Fictional dialogue : speech and conversation in the modern and postmodern novel
Davis seeks to distinguish between conversation, as the product of the immediate context, and dialogue, which he characterizes as monolithic, non-negotiable, and non-egalitarian and subject to the absolute control of the novelist. Thus for Davis the free-flowing, rational exchanges we find represented in novels serve “to display for us that there is really no problem in social organization” (177), but this is only because they are “denuded of most of the heteroglossia and popular strength of actual conversation” (178).
Thus while I fully accept the need to interrogate the stance toward the real which these representations offer us, my emphasis is not on tabulating current practice or evaluating it according to how far it approximates to the real, but on arguing for a wholesale shift of attention away from what can often be a sterile debate about the putative authenticity of this or that isolated instance of speech, toward establishing a new approach that allows for the active involvement of the reader in participating in bringing scenes of dialogue to life.
For some critics and theorists, however, it is necessary to reflect on whether fictional representations themselves help to instantiate an “idea of dialogue” that has an impact not only on how we conduct our everyday verbal interactions but also on our wider social and political relations. Central to such rethinking is work drawing on Bakhtin’s (1981) dialogical principle and the influence of linguistic theories and models that have demonstrated the importance of approaching conversational interaction as a microcosmic social system in which the distribution of power may be uneven.
Fictional dialogue : speech and conversation in the modern and postmodern novel by Bronwen Thomas