Elusive narrators in literature and film

Philosophical Studies 135 (1):73 - 88 (2007)

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George Wilson
University of Southern California
Abstract
It is widely held in theories of narrative that all works of literary narrative fiction include a narrator who fictionally tells the story. However, it is also granted that the personal qualities of a narrator may be more or less radically effaced. Recently, philosophers and film theorists have debated whether movies similarly involve implicit audio-visual narrators. Those who answer affirmatively allow that these cinematic narrators will be radically effaced. Their opponents deny that audio-visual narrators figure in the ontology of movies at all, and many have argued that the ‘effaced’ literary narrator is an illusion as well. In this paper, I attempt to sort out the central issues that arise in these debates, defending the existence of effaced narrators in both literature and film.
Keywords Film  Literature  Narrative  Narration  Narrators  Fictional  Storytelling narrators
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-007-9096-x
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