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Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein: Diffusion of spaces and times

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Author(s): Sztranyiczki, Zsófia

Journal: Argumentum
ISSN 1787-3606

Volume: 3;
Start page: 37;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Linguistics | Narratology | Cognitive Science | Deixis | Deictic center | Mental space

ABSTRACT
The present study presents the deictic anchoring in Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein relying on the mental space concepts of viewpoint and focus in lieu with a deictic centering approach to narrative comprehension. The analysis reveals a duality of the viewpoint space in terms of the intradiegetic (inner story world) experiencer-I and the extradiegetic (outer story world) narrating-I, contributing to the diffusion of spaces and times in the novel. The innovative narrative device is a proof of Bellow’s inexorable talent to stretch the limitations imposed by the genre of the memoir.

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