Constructing dialogues, (re)constructing the past : "remembered" conversations in Frank McCourt’s Angela’s ashes

  • This article explores the uses and functions of dialogue in Frank McCourt’s memoir Angela’s Ashes. Taking conversational dialogue and fictional dialogue as points of comparison, the article argues that dialogue in autobiographical writing is essentially constructed, albeit not in the same way as fictional dialogue is. Dialogue as a means of dramatisation raises questions regarding factuality and fictionality. In McCourt’s memoir, dialogue is shown to serve numerous functions: characterisation and stereotyping; selfpositioning and indirect stance-marking; the creation of verisimilitude, humour and reader involvement.

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Author:Jarmila Mildorf
Parent Title (English):International journal of literary linguistics : IJLL
Publisher:Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Place of publication:Mainz, Germany
Contributor(s):Aino Koivisto, Elise Nykänen
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2016
Date of first Publication:2016/05/17
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/11/27
Tag:autobiographical writing; constructed dialogue; conversational dialogue; fictional dialogue; fictionality
Issue:2, Art. 3
Page Number:25
First Page:1
Last Page:25
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:International journal of literary linguistics
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0