Free Indirect Discourse in Jane Austen's Emma
"Free Indirect Discourse in Emma" was first presented at the Jane Austen Summer Program of 2015, entitled "Emma at 200." In this presentation, Bridget Donnelly explores Austen's signature narrative style.
How does the use of free indirect discourse (FID) in Emma affect the characteristically ironic tone that we tend to associate with Austen’s narrators? Do you think that the use of FID makes the narrative voice easier to relate to than a more “objective” omniscient narrator?