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Amir Ali Nojoumian currently works at the Department of English Language & Literature, Shahid Beheshti University. Amir does research in Semiotics, Aesthetics and World Literatures. His most recent publication is 'Free indirect discourse in Hossein Sanapour's Lips on a Blade'.
This essay examines the practice of free indirect discourse (FID), as a narrative-stylistic device, in Hossein Sanapour’s Lips on a Blade (2010). After a brief overview of the novel ’s narrative structure, the four modes of representing characters’ discourses in narrative fiction are introduced and exemplified. Among these modes, FID is the most im...
This essay provides, for the first time, a model for identifying and analyzing "free indirect discourse" (FID) in narrative film, the most problematic mode of representing characters' discourse which has received little attention from film theorists and critics. According to the established "dual-voice" hypothesis, FID is an ambiguous merger of the...
This article is a close reading of perhaps the most famous stories (‘narratives’) in the history of mankind: 1) God’s creation of the world and the act of naming (appellation), 2) human being’s eating off the tree of knowledge and the expulsion from the garden of Eden, and 3) the building of the tower of Babel, its destruction by God, the dispersal...
The Unnamable is the story of a search to define and name oneself. This article examines the role of language in this regard, elaborates the notion of 'beyond' and its possibility, and finally assesses the possibility of silence 'within' and 'beyond' language and being. I argue that silence is 'the promise' that the language of the novel constantly...
This article is a parallel and comparative reading of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Gaston Bachelard's theoretical work, The Poetics of Space. It starts with this presumption that there is an affinity between what Marquez terms as the "poeticized space" and Bachelard's notion of "intimate spaces". The philosophical cont...