Figures Beyond the Text: A Theory of Readable Character in the Novel

Cohan, Steven
September 1983
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Fall1983, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
Argues that character in a novel is readable when the text and its reader work together to promote the representational figure's transformation into a virtual existent. Definition of character; Opinion of literary scholar Seymour Chatman on the need for an open theory of character in literary criticism; Role of the character in drawing the reader to the plot of the novel.


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