Jane Austen's Modernism:The Free Indirect Discourse


The multi-faceted criticism of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has yielded scholarly articles about Jane Austen's narrative techniques. There is almost critical consensus on the opinion that Austen was artistically conscious from the beginning of her creative career. The issue of inwardness was one of the technical matters she observed. Her novels evince some modern traits especially those related to free indirect discourse (speech, style) through which Austen cultivated inwardness. She, in this case, was the precursor of Virginia Woolf's and James Joyce's stream-of-consciousness.Key terms: Free indirect discourse, stage soliloquy, stream-of-consciousness, focalization