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

ISBN-10: 0691113149
ISBN-13: 9780691113142
Edition: 2004
Authors: Alex Woloch
Buy it from $45.40
This item qualifies for FREE shipping

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy

Description: 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  More...

New Starting from $45.40
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
coins
coins
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
You could win $10,000

Get an entry for every item you buy, rent, or sell.

Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Italian Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Portuguese Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Spanish Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
German Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99

Customers also bought

Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading

Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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 asPride and Prejudice,Great Expectations, andLe Pegrave;re Goriot, Woloch demonstrates that the representation of any character takes place within a shifting field of narrative attention and obscurity. Each individual--whether the central figure or a radically subordinated one--emerges as a character only through his or her distinct and contingent space within the narrative as a whole. The "character-space," as Woloch defines it, marks the dramatic interaction between an implied person and his or her delimited position within a narrative structure. The organization of, and clashes between, many character-spaces within a single narrative totality is essential to the novel's very achievement and concerns, striking at issues central to narrative poetics, the aesthetics of realism, and the dynamics of literary representation. Woloch's discussion of character-space allows for a different history of the novel and a new definition of characterization itself. By making the implied person indispensable to our understanding of literary form, this book offers a forward-looking avenue for contemporary narrative theory.

Prologue: The Iliad's Two Wars
The Proem
When Achilles Disappears: A Reading of Book 2
The Death of Lykaon
Introduction: Characterization and Distribution
Character-Space: Between Person and Form
Characterization and the Antinomies of Theory
"They Too Should Have a Case"
Two Kinds of Minorness
Function and Alienation: The Labor Theory of Character
Realism, Democracy, and Inequality
Austen, Dickens, Balzac: Character-Space in the Nineteenth-Century Novel
The Minor Character: Between Story and Discourse
Narrative Asymmetry in Pride and Prejudice
Minor Characters in a Narrative Structure
The Double Meaning of Character
The One vs. the Many
Asymmetry: From Discourse to Story
Characterizing Minorness 1: Compression
The Space of the Protagonist 1: Elizabeth's Consciousness
Characterizing Minorness 2: Externality
Helpers: Charlotte Lucas and the Actantial Theory
The Space of the Protagonist 2: Elizabeth's Self-Consciousness
Wickham: "How He Lived I Know Not"
Minor Minor Characters: Representing Multiplicity
Making More of Minor Characters
Distorted Characters and the Weak Protagonist
Between Jingle and Joe: Asymmetry and Misalignment in The Pickwick Papers
Seeing into Sight: Mr. Elton and Uriah Heep
Partial Visibility and Incomplete Vision: The Appearance of Minor Characters
Repetition and Eccentricity: Minor Characters and the Division of Labor
"Monotonous Emphasis": Minorness and Three Kinds of Repetition
Partings Welded Together: The Character-System in Great Expectations
Between Two Roaring Worlds: Exteriority and Characterization
The Structure of Childhood Experience
Interpreting the Character-System: Signification, Position, Structure
Metaphor, Metonymy, and Characterization
Getting to London
Three Narrative Workers and the Dispersion of Labor in Great Expectations
Wemmick as Helper (the Functional Minor Character)
Magwitch's Return (the Marginal Minor Character)
Orlick and Social Multiplicity (the Fragmented Minor Character)
The Double: A Narrative Condition?
A qui la place?: Characterization and Competition in Le Pegrave;re Goriot and La Comeacute;die humaine
Typification and Multiplicity
The Problem: Who Is the Hero?
Character, Type, Crowd
Balzac's Double Vision
The Character-System in Le Pegrave;re Goriot
La belle loi de soi pour soi
Goriot: The Interior as Exterior
Rastignac: The Exterior as Interior
Between the Exterior and the Interior
Interiority and Centrality in Le Pegrave;re Goriot and King Lear
The Shrapnel of Le Pegrave;re Goriot
Recurring Characters, Le Pegrave;re Goriot, and the Origins of La Comeacute;die humaine
The Social Representation of Death: Le Pegrave;re Goriot and Le Cousin Pons
Cogs in the Machine: Les Poiret between Le Pegrave;re Goriot and Les Employeeacute;s
Competition and Character in Les Employeeacute;s
Afterword: Sophocles's Oedipus Rex and the Prehistory of the Protagonist
Notes
Works Cited
Acknowledgments
Index

×
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.

×