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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of focalise.


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  • Or put it another way: life, like narrative, is a focalised thing; except that it focalises at every moment with equal force.


  • Well, when you dig down through the layers of obfuscation, you discover that what Genette calls non-focalised fiction is simply a story told from the point of view of the classic omniscient narrator of whom more below.

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  • Internally focalised prose is a story told from the point of view of a particular character.

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  • In that book, Genette identifies three types of prose, which he refers to as non-focalised, internally focalised, and externally focalised.

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  • And an externally focalised story is one which is told in the Hemingway manner, with an account of the events being given from the viewpoint of one of the characters, but without any comment or thoughts from that character.

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  • Since, however, the whole of the action of Nineteen Eighty-Four is focalised through Winston Smith even this lacks final endorsement by an impartial narrator.

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  • Even is this logo now appears effectively confusing (ironically horrible) because of what we know, remenber that not everybody had "sex focalised" mind in the past ... Content

  • SL: I remember the early 9 Elma as a project which next to music was hardly focalised on a very energetic dance act on stage!

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  • Their decisions focalised solely on the obstinate refusal by the Shah to renew the Treaty of August 6, 1954, bonding Iran to a petrol consortium composed by Americans, British,

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  • It's told from four alternating viewpoints set in four different periods: a second-person narration set in the present day, focalised through Susan, a photographer poleaxed by grief for the death of her twin brother; a third-person narration set a few years earlier from the viewpoint of Susan's dad Peter, a middle-aged, formerly hell-raising artist trapped beneath a boulder on a Cumbrian hillside; a first-person narration set in the 1960s, from an Italian painter, Giorgio, with whom the student Peter corresponds; and a third-person narrative centred on Annette, a young blind girl who tends Giorgio's grave.

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