Deceit, delusions and dishonesty – Unreliable narration in the novels Notes on a Scandal and Gone Girl

Jens Egeborg Folsberg & Charlotte Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis investigates the concept of unreliable narration, using the novels Notes on a Scandal and Gone Girl as case material. As part of this investigation, we look in detail at the different methods of the cognitive and the rhetorical approach for analysing unreliability. Utilising Ansgar Nünning's synthesis of the two approaches, we look at how unreliability is located in texts as encoded signals, and how the reader's decoding process results in the interpretation of a narrator as being unreliable. In the final section of the thesis, we look into some of the potential issues connected to using a synthesis of two opposing theories.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jul. 2015
VejledereEbbe Klitgård


  • Textual signals
  • Unreliability
  • Reader interpretation
  • Synthesis
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • Gone Girl
  • Implied author
  • Ansgar Nünning