Presentation Title

P-32: Capturing Oral Voice

Presenter Status

Honors Student

Preferred Session

Poster Session

Start Date

25-10-2019 2:00 PM

Presentation Abstract

The sound of a narrator telling a story can be difficult to depict in written prose, and yet both Ovid and Twain were able to capture the sound of an old man telling a story; Twain in “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and Ovid through “Nestor’s Story” in The Metamorphoses. Ovid’s The Metamorphosis involves several stories within a story and utilizes a more “chaotic” structure then other epics, allowing him the freedom to capture Nestor’s rambling. Nearly two centuries later, Twain uses a frame story, but unlike other contemporary works, he respects the subject’s style of speaking and represents both the dialect and the rambling way of which the narrator communicates.

Acknowledgments

J.N. Andrews Honors Program

Sponsor: Dr. Jones

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Oct 25th, 2:00 PM

P-32: Capturing Oral Voice

The sound of a narrator telling a story can be difficult to depict in written prose, and yet both Ovid and Twain were able to capture the sound of an old man telling a story; Twain in “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and Ovid through “Nestor’s Story” in The Metamorphoses. Ovid’s The Metamorphosis involves several stories within a story and utilizes a more “chaotic” structure then other epics, allowing him the freedom to capture Nestor’s rambling. Nearly two centuries later, Twain uses a frame story, but unlike other contemporary works, he respects the subject’s style of speaking and represents both the dialect and the rambling way of which the narrator communicates.