09 November 2007

Watt on Print Culture

From Ian Watt's Rise of the Novel (p. 197):
Print, as a mode of literary communication, has two characteristics which derive from its total impersonality: they may e called the authority and the illusion of print, and they give the novelist a tremendous flexibility of narrative approach, since they enable him to modulate effortlessly from the public to the private voice, from the realities of the Stock Exchange to those of the daydream.


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