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Narrative strategy of manifestation in J. Barnes’ “Elizabeth Finch”

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2022. Vol. 11. No. 6. Pp. 478-490.
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Efimov A. V.
Ufa University of Science and Technologies
32 Zaki Validi Street, 450076 Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia


The author analyzes the implementation of the narrative strategy of manifestation in the work of Julian Barnes “Elizabeth Finch”. The process of self-presentation of the narrator, which takes place in parallel with the disclosure of the character of the protagonist, is considered. The focus of this novel narrative is set on a detailed depiction of how the perception of the world changes and is distorted when a person looks at life through the prism of perception of the Other. Through the narrative strategy of manifestation implemented in Elizabeth Finch, the reader is given the opportunity to form an opinion about the novel’s narrator, who reveals his essence to him using a variety of narrative indices and devices. Taken together, they testify to the dialectic of the relationship between the teacher and the student. On the one hand, the teacher forms the personality of her student, in whose letter her ideas, views on life, and values can be traced; on the other hand, it is impossible not to appreciate the destructiveness of its influence, which reveals itself in the pathological dependence of the narrator on the teacher who has become an idol for him and in the corresponding deformations of his character. The constructed narrative strategy provides the reader with the necessary freedom of interpretation associated with understanding the figure of the narrator, the function of the main characters of the work and the novel itself as a whole.


  • • Julian Barnes
  • • narratology
  • • narrative theory
  • • narrative strategy
  • • narrator
  • • interpretation


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