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1987

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Voices Of Authority And Linguistic Autonomy In Niebla , Mary Lee Bretz Jan 1987

Voices Of Authority And Linguistic Autonomy In Niebla , Mary Lee Bretz

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Miguel de Unamuno's works have often been studied as expressions of his philosophy or life experience. More recent literary theory has eschewed approaches that foreground the author, preferring to focus primarily on the text or the reader. Utilizing Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of the novel, this paper analyzes Niebla, one of Unamuno's most frequently studied works, to illustrate that new literary theories can enrich our reading of the text. Bakhtin argues that the novel is characterized by many voices or styles which the novelist welcomes and exploits. The novel should not be viewed as having a single style ...