Novel Characters: A Genealogy

Novel Characters: A Genealogy

Maria DiBattista

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1405159510

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Novel Characters: A Genealogy

Maria DiBattista

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1405159510

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Novel Characters offers a fascinating and in-depth history of the novelistic character from the “birth of the novel” in Don Quixote, through the great canonical works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to the most influential international novels of the present day 

  • An original study which offers a unique approach to thinking about and discussing character
  • Makes extensive reference to both traditional and more recent and specialized academic studies of the novel
  • Provides a critical vocabulary for understanding how the novelistic conception of character has changed over time.
  • Examines a broad range of novels, cultures, and periods
  • Promotes discussion of how different cultures and times think about human identity, and how the concept of what a character is has changed over time

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new millennium, born out of the waning of identity politics and transformations in the world order, envisions the emergence of the Native Cosmopolitan, a new character whose adaptive traits and behaviors suggest their cultural provenance and predicament as migratory or displaced peoples. I do not offer these terms as rigid categories into which novelistic characters can be conveniently slotted. Their value consists in providing a vocabulary at once specific, yet flexible enough to reflect the

there follows upon the adequate conception of such a character, an effect, in its way, akin to that which in Genesis attends upon the beginning of things” (CM, p.205). Melville’s homage to Original characters presiding over the beginning of things echoes Emerson’s conception of Character as “a reserve force which acts directly by presence, and without means,” but in a concrete image that theatricalizes it. The Drummond light is a fixture of the stage, a limelight, to use its more common name,

testify to the Original Destiny that at once isolates and exalts him. One we might call the parable of the seeds, in which Crusoe discovers rice and barley sprouting where none had ever grown before. His first response is to believe “that God had miraculously caused this grain to grow without any help of seed sown, and this was so directed purely for my sustenance in that wild miserable place.” But once he recalls that he had shaken out a bag of grain to feed chickens on that very ground “the

that prepares the way for Originals to come: Picaresque heroes are necessary whenever we wish to celebrate those virtues than cannot be – or simply haven’t been – embodied in our 59 c02.indd 59 7/22/2010 8:36:12 PM Wholes morality. These heroes may be socially mobile men in an age of outgrown establishments, or they may be champions of values that society, by its very organization, necessarily represses. The resilience and survival of the picaresque hero is a survival of the values he stands

discomfiting recognition that no matter how much we are shown or told about characters, we can never be sure of what will become of them. Heroes and heroines no longer are served up to us “ready-made”, to use Bakhtin’s phrase for the hero of “the pre-dominant, mass type” who figure in most conventional novels. In these works, Bakhtin notes, “the hero sometimes attains, sometimes only approaches his goal: the bride, the victory, wealth, and so on. Events change his destiny, change his position in

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