The Power of Point of View

Month: October 2013

Point-of-View Crafting in T.V. Time Travel: “Castle” vs. “Continuum” – GARY YAMASAKI

When I noted an interesting point-of-view dynamic in the latest episode of Castle, I was reminded that the world of television is under-utilized as a source for illustrating dynamics at work in written narratives. During the investigation of a gruesome murder, suspect Simon Doyle blurts out he’s from the future. . .which prompts Castle to say, “This… Read More ›

The Narrator’s Perspective: Characterizing the Storyteller – WILLIAM SANGER CAMPBELL

Readers are essential to the narrative process in that they are the ones responsible for constructing characters, including the narrator. Characters are constructed by readers from evidence offered in the text (character indicators). It is the reader’s interpretation of what characters say and do, how they interact with other characters, what is said to and… Read More ›

An Invitation to Dig Deeper into the Psychological Dynamics of Point of View – GARY YAMASAKI

The Nov 15/2012 post introduced the psychological plane of point of view, that is, the plane in a narrative on which a storyteller works either to provide the readers with access to a character’s inner life or deny them such access, with the provision of access contributing toward the readers experiencing the action through the… Read More ›

Some Initial Comments on the Potential of Verbal Aspect and ‘Point of View’ Criticism for Text-Critical Analysis – WALLY V. CIRAFESI

One of the major resources for the crafting of point of view (POV) in the Greek of the New Testament is  the use of verbal aspect (VA). VA has been somewhat of a hot topic in Biblical Greek studies over the last twenty years or so, and a good number of scholars have contributed to… Read More ›

Uncharted “viewpoint” territories: a possible link between communicative purpose, viewpoint, and discourse temporality in New Testament narratives – J. R. REBER

As a new resource for the study of viewpoint, it is useful to consider how communicative purpose generates a relative relationship between writer/speaker viewpoint and discourse temporality. In a New Testament narrative framework, the internal feature of writer/speaker purpose (or intention) can be operative in the text at multiple unit levels concurrently e.g., individual pericopae,… Read More ›