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Grammars of ApproachLandscape, Narrative, and the Linguistic Picturesque$
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Cynthia Wall

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467665

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226467979.001.0001

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The Narrative Picturesque

The Narrative Picturesque

(p.171) Chapter 5 The Narrative Picturesque
Grammars of Approach

Cynthia Wall

University of Chicago Press

This chapter gathers together the various patterns of eighteenth-century architectural, typographical, and linguistic approaches into an analysis of the changes in narrative patterns. Typographically, the works of Bunyan, Defoe, and Haywood occupy the older typographical field; stylistically, they are more associated with the “loose" or "running" style, paratactic and incremental. The late eighteenth century buffed and polished the Ciceronian periodic sentence, a form that resembled the architectural approach. Radcliffe’s insistent prepositional phrases, Burney’s narrative interiors (both architectural and psychological), and Austen’s innovations in free indirect discourse, are all grounded in the same aesthetic and psychological shifts that were reshaping landscapes, typographies, and grammars.

Keywords:   free indirect discourse, interiority, narrative picturesque, syntax, Jane Austen, John Bunyan, Frances Burney, Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Ann Radcliffe

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