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

Alex Woloch


Does a unique specialize in one existence or many? Alex Woloch makes use of this straightforward query to boost a robust new concept of the realist novel, in line with how narratives distribute restricted awareness between a crowded box of characters. His argument has very important implications for either literary reviews and narrative theory.

Characterization has lengthy been a bothered and ignored challenge inside literary conception. via shut readings of such novels as Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, and Le Père Goriot, Woloch demonstrates that the illustration of any personality occurs inside a transferring box of narrative cognizance and obscurity. each one individual--whether the crucial determine or a appreciably subordinated one--emerges as a personality in simple terms via his or her distinctive and contingent house in the narrative as a complete. The "character-space," as Woloch defines it, marks the dramatic interplay among an implied individual and his or her delimited place inside of a story constitution. The association of, and clashes among, many character-spaces inside of a unmarried narrative totality is vital to the novel's very fulfillment and issues, awesome at concerns significant to narrative poetics, the aesthetics of realism, and the dynamics of literary representation.

Woloch's dialogue of character-space permits a unique background of the radical and a brand new definition of characterization itself. by means of making the implied individual quintessential to our realizing of literary shape, this booklet bargains a forward-looking road for modern narrative theory.

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