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White In. White Out. The Noticeability of Text. Conspicuous Text

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Author(s): Sabine Frost

Journal: Nordlit : Tidsskrift i litteratur og kultur
ISSN 1503-2086

Issue: 23;
Start page: 89;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Snow | Whiteout | narrative texts

ABSTRACT
The term ‘whiteout' is usually understood as a weather condition in polar or mountain regions affecting visibility through diffuse lighting. In this case, however, the idea of ‘whiteout' is not merely taken as a motif, but as a way to describe disruptive effects in literary texts. The term ‘whiteout' is used here to point out how ‘snow'-in the broadest sense-pervades the structure and language of narrative texts from the 19th to the 21st century. Thetexts in question deal with snowstorms and snow drifts; they send their protagonists on polar explorations and mountain expeditions; heros get lost in snow or suffer from extreme frost.
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