Narrative Voice and Influencing the Reader

Matthew Woodcock

in The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199565757
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Narrative Voice and Influencing the Reader

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The multiple narrative voices present in the Chronicles reflects the distinctions between the project's different contributors, and within the prose itself as contributors incorporate the voices, speeches, and texts of others. This chapter begins by establishing how and where narrative voices are heard in the Chronicles, and by identifying parts of the text that may be examined when tracking and studying them. It then characterizes the distinct narrative voice and style of each major contributor, before examining how they manage and employ a much wider range of voices to provide a heteroglot history of the nation. The chapter also explores how narrative voice both reveals the contributors' own conceptions of the collective project, and attempts to influence and guide the imagined reader.

Keywords: Chronicle; multivocality; narrative voices; English history; writers

Article.  8359 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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