This article identifies and analyzies features of style and technique that make for unity and cohesion in Alex La Guma's novels. It shows that La Guma's deliberate cohesive strategies impact and illuminate the course and drift of heteroglossia in his novels. In "Discourse in the Novel," M. M. Bakhtin argues strongly that the novel genre constitutes a world of social languages in which the author's language is but one of several, and that authorial idiosyncrasy as a criterion of stylistic analysis is thus not adequate. However, Bakhtin then reads the prose of certain novelists because they quintessentially illustrate his generic theory of dialogic imagination, thereby seeming to suggest that not all novels and novelists lend themselves equally to dialogic analyses.This essay argues that a relationship of complementarity exists between traditional stylistics and Bakhtin's dialogic imagination, and that authorial idiosyncrasy is a crucial category in both of the theories.


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