The One vs. the Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel

The One vs. the Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel

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Does a novel focus on one life or many? Alex Woloch uses this simple question to develop a powerful new theory of the realist novel, based on how narratives distribute limited attention among a crowded field of characters. His argument has important implications for both literary studies and narrative theory.

Characterization has long been a troubled and neglected problem within literary theory. Through close readings of such novels as Pride and Prejudice, Great… (more)

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Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 03, 2003)

Format: EPUB

File size: 1.8 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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