Vol. 2 No. 1 Jun 2018

The Categorization and Functions of “Overhearing” in Narrative
Author:Yizhong Ning    Time:2019-07-10    Click:

This essay addresses the topic of “overhearing,” one of the most frequent but rarely studied narrative phenomena, by citing examples from both Chinese and English texts. By analyzing varied examples of “overhearing,” this essay demonstrates the diverse literary functions of this phenomenon by proposing a method of categorization and a framework to consider types of relevant situations. The goal is to provide an improved theoretical understanding of “overhearing” that is generally applicable to narratives.

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