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IN CONTEXT

Focus

The omniscient narrator

Before

1749 Henry Fielding’s omniscient narrator in Tom Jones exposes the process of constructing a narrative.

1862 The omniscient voice in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables comments on politics, society, and the characters in the text.

1869 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy includes an omniscient voice to enable “philosophical discussion.”

After

1925 The omniscient narrator in Mrs. Dalloway lets Virginia Woolf create characters with great “inner space” and depth.

2001 Third-person omniscient narration by Jonathan Franzen, in The Corrections, suggests that cultural commentary and authority is a revived function of literary ...

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