Through a variety of critical perspectives, Nikolajeva ponders the art of characterization, uncovering the essential differences between story ('what we are told') and discourse ('how we are told'), and carefully distinguishing between how these are employed in children's fiction and in general fiction.
Now available in paperback! Until now, there was no theoretical research of character in children's fiction and very few comprehensive theoretical studies of literary characters in general. In her latest intellectual foray, the author of From Mythic to Linear ponders the art of characterization. Through a variety of critical perspectives, she uncovers the essential differences between story ('what we are told') and discourse ('how we are told'), and carefully distinguishes between how these are employed in children's fiction and in general fiction. Yet another masterful work by a leading figure in contemporary criticism.
Part 1 Introduction. Why a Theory of a Character?
PART 1. ONTOLOGY AND TYPOLOGY OF CHARACTER
Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Approaches to Literary Characters
Chapter 4 Chapter 2. From Hero to Character
Chapter 5 Chapter 3. In Search of the Protagonist
Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Collective Character
Chapter 7 Chapter 5. From Collective Character to Intersubjectivity
Chapter 8 Chapter 6. Secondary Characters and Character Constellations
Chapter 9 Chapter 7. Complexity and Development
PART 2. EPISTEMOLOGY OF CHARACTER
Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Character and Plot
Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Authorial Discourse: Description and Narration
Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Authorial Discourse: Actions and Events
Chapter 14 Chapter 11. Figural Discourse: Speech Acts
Chapter 15 Chapter 12. Figural Discourse: Internal Representation
Chapter 16 Chapter 13. Implicit Characterization