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Art, Mind, and NarrativeThemes from the Work of Peter Goldie$
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Julian Dodd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769736.001.0001

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Free Indirect Style and Imagining from the Inside

Free Indirect Style and Imagining from the Inside

(p.103) 7 Free Indirect Style and Imagining from the Inside
Art, Mind, and Narrative

Kathleen Stock

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Keywords free indirect style, literature, imagination, imagining from the inside, autobiographical memory, Peter Goldie, FIS

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