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background image 4/11: Added notes to Narration and Point of View from last week (I copied and pasted what
I had written from last week and then just added new bullet points)
Types of Narration 1. 3 rd  person: narrator tells an unidentified listener or reader what happened, referring to all  characters using pronouns he, she, or they ­ always external, narrator isn’t a character
­ omniscient/unlimited: has access to the thoughts, perceptions, and experiences of 
more than one character ­ limited: tells story from a distinct point of view, usually that of a single character  revealing that character’s thoughts and perspectives, also known as the central 
­ objective: does not explicitly report thoughts and perspectives but hints at them  through the character’s speech and actions; consists mostly of dialogue ­ can an omniscient narrator be a real person? supernaturally?; no, it is a pure function  of the text ­ people cannot fly around and be anywhere in a second, nor can they access  someone’s thoughts and ideas that the character isn’t even aware of 2. 1 st  person: pronoun I, can be major/minor character of story, making he/she an internal  character, either tells a story about someone else or one from personal experience
­ can address an auditor: a listener in fiction whose possible reaction is part of the story
­ unreliable narrator: ironic, unintentionally reveal flaws when trying to impress, may  make false claims ­ first person plural: pronoun we, shared perspective of a community ­ internal, immanent to the story
­ narrating subject is equal to or part of the object narrated
3. 2 nd  person: consistently speak to “you”, turns the reader into a character of the story,  instructional manuals or “how­to” books ­ holds the reader accountable
­ can be addressing a character but to show the reader the meaning and ideas, forcing 
the reader to be the addressed character past and present tense used to be conversational implied author: thoughts and perspectives of both the narrator and the author
­ the narrator is neither the real or implied author
shapes what we can know can show the bias (subjective) towards characters extremely recent variety of subject positions of why can tell stores (blacks, gays, women, 
demographics: who is speaking? gender? race? sexual orientation?

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School: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Introduction to Literary Studies
Professor: Ryan Hatch
Term: Spring 2016
Name: ENGL 2O2 Week 3 Notes
Description: Lecture notes and paper 1 prompt
Uploaded: 04/18/2016
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