-1September 29 : Narrative Pride & Prejudice Lecture 3
à free indirect discourse (FID); narrated monologue
Focus on the relation between Elizabeth and Darcy. The relation between Elizabeth’s
conscious, subconscious, and acting selves.
Eyes: à Elizabeth’s “fine eyes”, how characters look at each other & look at each other
looking at others, how the novel invites us to look: through whose eyes?
The Attraction of Friction:
à disagreement, but he’s amused (his smile) something more is going on in this
conversation than just the disagreement.
à “she had no share” = something intimate going on
à powerpoint on blackboard to get breakdown of what each character is saying
Reading Character; Reading Minds:
à we see miss bingley’s view of Darcy and Elizabeth and her jealousy
à we also perceive there may be something to be jealous about
à but are either Darcy or Elizabeth aware of the intimacy established by their banter?
à Darcy’s smile and Miss Bingley’s
Focalization: a term that comes from photography and film. The perspective from which
a narrative situation is seen. (“who sees?”)
Reality is always perceived. It is always “focalized” through the receiver.
The theme of seeing:
à in that last line, do we go from the narrators eyes to Elizabeth’s eyes? (sour grape: “I
don’t like him anyway”)
Narrator and focalizor
à focalization in narrative identifies “who sees?” or “who perceives?” …
“the technique for rendering a character’s thought in his own idiom while maintaining the third-person reference and the basic tense of narration.” - Dorrit Cohn, transparent minds
Free indirect discourse; FID
à the thoughts or sensations of a character presented as they are actually occurring in
that character’s mind
à but presented by a narrator describing that character