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    STUDIA PHILOLOGIA - Issue no. 3 / 2003  
         
  Article:   THE ROLE OF FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE IN ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT AND WRITTEN ON THE BODY.

Authors:  ALINA PREDA.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  Identity is formulated within language, but not as a fixed subjectivity, rather as a fluid, provisional, amorphous one. Narration bespeaks the author, but there is no such thing as a completely self-validating witness. The feeling of authenticity can be created, maintained and enhanced by using homodiegetic narration. This is the only possible technique one can employ in order to avoid making gendered references, a subversive narrative strategy which helps the reader imagine alternative possibilities that have been denied by oppressive discourses. This narrative technique also helps the writer speak to the reader, any reader, regardless of her/his background, as the emphatic feeling facilitated by first person narrative allows for reaching people whose life experience is greatly different. Thus, the novel becomes universally accessible.  
         
     
         
         
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