The use and effects of the narrative voice in the construction of identity in Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations.

Paper instructions:
Stuart Hall, in “Introduction: Who Needs Identity?” (S. Hall & P. du Gay (eds.), Questions of Cultural Identity, London: Sage, 1996, p.4) argues that:

… identities are constructed within, not outside, discourse, we need to understand them as produced in specific historical and institutional sites within specific discursive formations and practices, by specific enunciative strategies. Moreover, they emerge within the play of specific modalities of power, and thus are more the product of the marking of difference and exclusion, than they are the sign of an identical, naturally-constituted unity … identitites are constructed through, not outside, difference. This entails the radically disturbing recognition that it is only through the relation to the Other, the relation to what it is not, to precisely what it lacks, to what has been called its constitutive outside, that the ‘positive’ meaning of any term – and thus its ‘identity’ – can be constructed.

Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations are novels where Austen, Brontë and Dickens make use of different and contrastive narrative strategies. Starting off from a discussion of the passage above, write an essay between 1500 and 2000 words discussing the use and effects of the narrative voice in the construction of identity in the three novels. You must make specific references to the three novels in your essay and must include critical references to at least two relevant scholars in the field (see course bibliography) for each of the novels. (50% final grade)

(I attached a document with the bibliography that must be used)

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