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Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character

ISBN : 9780190496760

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¥8,162
Author: 
Marta Figlerowicz
Pages
208 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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We've all encountered protagonists who, over the course of a novel, turn out to be more complicated than we thought at first. But what does one do with a major character who simplifies as a novel progresses, to the point where even this novel's other characters begin to disregard him? Flat Protagonists shows that writers have undertaken such formal experiments-which give rise to its titular "-since the novel's incipience. It finds such characters in British and French novels ranging from the late-seventeenth to the early-twentieth century by Aphra Behn, Isabelle de Charriere, Francoise de Graffigny, Thomas Hardy, and Marcel Proust. Marta Figlerowicz argues that these uncommon flat protagonists challenge our larger views about the novel as a genre. Upending a longstanding tradition of valuing characters for their complexity, Figlerowicz proposes that novels, and their characters, should be appreciated for highlighting the limits to how much attention any particular p

Index: 

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter One : The Prince
Chapter Two: The Writer
Chapter Three: The Misfit
Chapter Four: The Solipsist
Conclusion
Works Cited

About the author: 

Marta Figlerowicz is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Yale University.

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