LING210 Narrative & Point of View

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Definition of a narrative
telling of a series of two to more interconnected events, normally involving one or more agents/ patients. A narrative has a point or is tellable in the context within which it occurs
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Describe temporal sequences
can be told in any way e.g. chronological or presented any other way
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What are the 3 distinctions between narrators
1. distinction between teller & tale 2. distinction between who tells & who sees 3. distinction between 1st & 3rd person narrators
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What are Fowler's 4 approaches to point of view?
1. spatial 2. temporal 3. ideological 4. ideological
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What is spatial POV?
location in the fictional world from which things are seen
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What is temporal POV?
impression that time is moving slowly or fast, flashbacks and fast forwards
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What is psychological POV?
access to the minds of characters in the story
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What is ideological POV?
view of the world that is assumed in parts of the story, including beliefs, attitudes, value judgements etc.
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Explain discourse architecture & viewpoint
addresser & addressee 1: author + reader addresser & addressee 2: narrator + narratee addresser & addressee 3: character A + character B
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Traits associated to 1st person narrators' viewpoint
limited/ flawed/ opinionated
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Traits associated to 3rd person narrators' viewpoint
omniscent/ accurate/ objective
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