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Voice

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Literature depends a great deal on the manner in which the identity of the author, narrator, or speaker is perceived by the reader. Voice is the literary term for this presence. Sometimes the author speaks without pretense as the author; sometimes he or she adopts a persona—that is, a mask of some kind. Sometimes he or she creates a narrator who has a distinctive voice of his or her own separate from the author; sometimes the narrator is simply a ...

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