Narrative Point of View

I am teaching a sophomore level literature and creative writing course, and I enjoy discussions of narrative point of view–the degree to which a third-person narrators are omniscient or limited in the vision they present to their readers or the degree to which first-person narrators are reliable sources for their version of events depicted.  I also enjoy introducing narratives that experiment with point of views, such as the second-person narrator Mary Karr creates in her memoir Cherry.   And I enjoy the chance to have my students in this class practice the choices in narrative point of view available to them when they compose their own stories.  In fact, one of my favorite assignments is to ask my students to retell an episode in a story we have read from the perspective of another character.