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Représentations du discours dans La Trilogie de Naguib Mahfouz

Abstract : How should The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz be read? The approach chosen in this study goes beyond a realistic or comparative reading, and departs from strict translation issues. It is based on a linguistic analysis of the literary text, which does not aim primarily at applying models and schemes but rather at pointing out the singularity of the corpus. Speech as a describable linguistic fact therefore constitutes the subject of the study. Why do the characters speak and why do they speak so much? What is the point of the act of speaking in a diegetic world where speech is guarded and where the characters are described as submissive and compliant? The forms of “reported speech” reveal a textual construction of the speaking character ; direct speech individualizes the characters but is also the preferred form used to relate inner and intimate thoughts. Speech thus gives way to the characters, leading to the emergence of verbal forms that express resistance to the interlocutor. These relationships are embodied in the dialogue; nonetheless, the narrator focuses less on the interactional and structural aspect of the exchange than on the relationship of the characters to the speech of others. Speech thus constitutes a technique that serves the narrative programme : the characters of The Trilogy are identified by a conscious submissiveness, as the signs of resistance can be discerned.
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Mansour Léda. Représentations du discours dans La Trilogie de Naguib Mahfouz. Linguistique. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 2010. Français. ⟨tel-00523991⟩

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