Receptive shifts and unreliable narrator in the novel "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters

  • Альона Анатоліївна Матійчак Чернівецький національний університет імені Юрія Федьковича
Keywords: Sarah Waters, narrative strategy, unreliable narrator, receptive shift


The article investigates the figure of unreliable narrator in the novel "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters. The concept of unreliable narration is regarded from the viewpoint of receptive theory taking into account some aspects of genre study. The connection of unreliable narrative with elements and traditions of different genres is revealed. The ambivalent readers’ reaction indicates receptive shift in favor of narrative unreliability as a metafictional mode, which allows combining the use of rhetorical and cognitive-constructivist methods in the research of the analyzed novel.



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Альона Анатоліївна Матійчак, Чернівецький національний університет імені Юрія Федьковича

кандидат філологічних наук, доцент кафедри іноземних
мов для гуманітарних факультетів


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How to Cite
Матійчак, А. А. (2017). Receptive shifts and unreliable narrator in the novel "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters. The Journal of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Series “Philology”, (76), 250-255. Retrieved from
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