Free Indirect Discourse — Huh

May 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Free Indirect Discourse — It is a thing that is interesting. A technical thing about narrative point of view. Came to my attention because of this Paris Review interview, Mary McCarthy, The Art of Fiction No. 27.

 The problem of the point of view, and the voice: style indirect libre—the author’s voice, by a kind of ventriloquism, disappearing in and completely limited by the voices of his characters. What it has meant is the complete banishment of the author.

A description of what it is here:  The Benefits of Free Indirect Discourse

Trying to grok it. Also wondering how it relates to Third Person Limited POV.


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