• From Katharine Norman: In a novel the author, as narrator, can assume an omniscient viewpoint, or can write from the point of view of a particular character – either in the first or third person or by slipping, by various devices, from one to the other. So the narrative voice in fiction can shift imperceptibly back and forth between different points of view, different ‘points in space’, different minds. It is possible to direct narration as if from a hypothetical ‘reader’ who observes external action without knowing the inner thoughts of the characters, and with whom we – as actual reader – can identify. In drama (theatre) there is, generally, no narrative voice since drama is action and dialogue played out before your very eyes and ears.

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