Vortrag: A disruptive energy: Questions and answers in the direct speech of The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark
This paper is a linguistic stylistic analysis of the questions and answers in the direct speech of Muriel Spark's novella "The Driver's Seat" (1970). The theoretical framework is based in pragmatics, i.e. in adjacency pairs and Grice's Cooperative Principle. The goal of the paper is to try to offer pragmatic explanations for the sense of disjointedness in the text of the novella that literary scholars have commented on and to contribute to the body of linguistic stylistic analyses of literary works.