When characters in narrative fiction engage in direct speech, we read via a narrator’s quotation the perspectives, thoughts, and interpretations of those characters on events (past, ongoing, and prospective) in the storyworld in which they operate. And when they don’t speak? We might have difficulty reading them.
‘Prototypically, narrative involves not only a temporal sequence into which events are slotted in a particular way, and not only a dynamic of canonicity and breach; more than this, stories represent – and perhaps make it possible to experience – what it is like to undergo events within a storyworld-in-flux.’
Some thoughts on the ordering of information in the Argonautica’s Lemnian episode and how reordering might affect a reader’s experience and interpretation of the narrative.
A couple of shout-outs to sites and projects of interest. Cognition, Immersion, Stylistics and Text Worlds. Dive in.
Originally posted on Aunty Muriel's Blog:
i) Introductory In this chapter I provide an overview of recent developments in the stylistic approach to the study of fictional point of view. I have explored in turn the four basic linguistic categories relating to point of view: these are spatial, temporal, psychological and ideological. In discussing…
A brief account of a lovely excursion to Nottingham and what I discovered there.
Some useful digital resources and tools. Open source and open access.