Free indirect style and imagining from the inside

Stock, Kathleen (2016) Free indirect style and imagining from the inside. In: Dodd, Julian (ed.) Art, mind and narrative: themes from the work of Peter Goldie. Mind association occasional series . Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 103-120. ISBN 9780198769736

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This chapter considers the phenomenon of free indirect style, and what imaginative response it calls for from the reader who encounters it in a fiction. Two ‘single voice’ theories of free indirect style are discussed: one which argues that we should hear FIS only as implying the voice of a character whose experience is being evoked, and another (that of Goldie) which argues that we should hear FIS only as implying the voice of a narrator describing the experience of a character. This chapter argues instead that the reader is called upon both to imagine from the inside the experience of a character, and that a narrator reports that experience; and that there is nothing incoherent or imaginatively challenging about this. Along the way, the chapter considers the relevance of this view to Goldie’s discussion of autobiographical memory ‘integrating’ ‘external and internal perspectives’ in The Mess Inside.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Free indirect style, Fiction, Imagination
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0045 Theory. Philosophy. Esthetics
Depositing User: Kathleen Stock
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 12:13
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 16:00

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