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The Rhetoric of Character in Children's Literature - Maria Nikolajeva

The Rhetoric of Character in Children's Literature


Published: 1st January 2002
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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.

One of the most scholarly treatments of children's literature available, this book makes a significant contribution to both the examination of children's literature and the theoretical study of literary character. It excels brilliantly on both levels. Accessible, free from jargon, and thoroughly usable, the book will be useful both to those used to more traditional discussions of static or flat character and to those more comfortable with the newer language of intersubjective character construction. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *
As always, Nikolajeva's familiarity with a wide range of international literary theory and children's literature is apparent...a welcome survey of the literature and a starting place for future studies of aspects of character that have only been touched on here. * Children's Literature *
This study will be of greatest use in academic libraries and public libraries that support courses in children's literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels. * School Library Journal *

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introduction: Why a Theory of Character?p. vii
Ontology and Typology of Character
Approaches to Literary Charactersp. 3
From Hero to Characterp. 26
In Search of the Protagonistp. 49
Collective Characterp. 67
From Collective Character to Intersubjectivityp. 88
Secondary Characters and Character Constellationsp. 110
Complexity and Developmentp. 128
Epistemology of Characterp. 153
Character and Plotp. 159
Authorial Discourse: Description and Narrationp. 182
Authorial Discourse: Actions and Eventsp. 198
Figural Discourse: Speech Actsp. 223
Figural Discourse: Internal Representationp. 241
Implicit Characterizationp. 268
Conclusion: Returning to the Textp. 282
Bibliographyp. 285
Name Indexp. 306
Title Indexp. 309
Character Indexp. 315
Subject Indexp. 323
About the Authorp. 332
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ISBN: 9780810848863
ISBN-10: 0810848864
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.43