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"She Wrote Peter Halket": Fictive And Factive Devices In Olive Schreiner’s Letters and Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarrative and Fiction
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach
EditorsDavid Robinson
PublisherUniversity of Huddersfield Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-86218-063-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008


The idea of ‘fictive devices’, from the work of Eakin (1985), concerns narrative devices which are deployed so as to make tellings or narratings ‘more telling’ in the colloquial sense, that is, more pointed and convincing. Such devices include neatening events and plot, re-working characterisation to fit actions and vice versa, denoting causality, and allocating or avoiding agency. They are not necessarily lies or deliberate misrepresentations, but more usually involve reorganisation and tidying so as to make ‘how it was’ more like ‘as it should have been’ in order to tell a good - in the sense of and interesting and convincing - story.

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