Ann Banfield - professor in the Department of English at the University of
California, Berkeley - is best known for her groundbreaking contributions
to narrative theory. Working within the paradigm of generative linguistics,
she argued that the language of fiction is characterized by two
'unspeakable sentences', i.e., sentences that do not properly occur in the
spoken language: the sentence of 'pure narration' and the sentence of
'represented speech and thought' (style indirect libre or erlebte Rede).
More recently, Banfield offered a major reconsideration of the novels of
Virginia Woolf and modernism in light of the philosophy of knowledge
developed by G. E. Moore and Bertrand Russell, and appropriated by Roger
Fry in his critical analyses of impressionism and post-impressionism.
The essays gathered here pay tribute to Banfield by addressing those
disciplines and topics most closely related to her work, including:
narrative theory and pragmatics, the philosophy of language and knowledge,
generative syntax, meter and phonology, and modernism.
Mieke Bal: Phantom Sentences - Sylvie Patron: On the Epistemology of
Narrative Theory: Narratology and Other Theories of Fictional Narrative -
Gilles Philippe: When and Why Do We Speak of a Discourse without an
Addressee - Julien Piat: « Dire je » : Opacity of a First Person Narrative
and Strategies of Reading in Beckett's French Trilogy - Robert S.
Kawashima: What Is Narrative Perspective? A Non-historicist Answer - Daniel
Heller-Roazen: Perception Everywhere - Anne-Lise François: Unspeakable
Weather, or the Rain Romantic Constatives Know - Jacqueline Guéron: Remarks
on the Grammar of Unspeakable Sentences - Joseph Emonds: Q: the One and
Only Functional Head - Henri-José Deulofeu: Peripheral Constituents as
Generalized «Hanging» Topics - François Rivenc: Chomsky and the Philosophy
of Language - S.-Y. Kuroda: What Is «Iambic Pentameter»? - Kristin Hanson:
Some Phonology of the Novel - Thelma Sowley: Crossing Boundaries - Garrett
Caples: The Vitality of Roger Fry - Carlos Reyes: Greekjew Is Jewgreek:
Ulysses's Irish Odyssey - Ernst Van Alphen: Describing the World Seen
Without the Self: Modernism, the Impersonal and the Traumatic - Ann Smock:
Instamatic - Lazare Bitoun: The Unspeakable Table (le Garlic) - Ann
Banfield: Preface to Phrases sans parole.