On the semantic role of unreliable narration

The article contains descriptions of some key questions related to unreliability in fiction. Unreliable narration is described as a complex of authorial markers that create discrepancy between the authorial and the narratorial levels and are used to construct the reader’s journey through the text. The article touches upon the issue of possible classifications of types of unreliability based either on the functions of narrator or on the semantic functions of unreliability.

Unreliable Narration in W. Golding’s Novel “Rites of Passage”

The article is dedicated to unreliable narration in W. Golding’s “Rites of Passage”. The article contains descriptions of various authorial markers of unreliability, such as the characters’ direct and indirect speech, as well as their non-verbal reactions, contradictions between the narrator’s and the implied reader’s views and ethical norms, allusions to the texts by Golding and other authors, informational gaps, the narrator’s accounts of his dreams, the narrator’s writing style, contradictions between two narrators.

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