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The Character of ‘Character’

Hélène Cixous

in Volleys of Humanity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639038
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653638 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.003.0003
The Character of ‘Character’

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This chapter addresses the question of ‘character’ and the question of the nature of fiction. It defines ‘character’ as created or preconceived by an author, and is meant to be figured out, understood, and read. It shows the importance of the ‘character’ in plays and novels, and examines the ‘life-source’, which is the source of writing and of musical notation. The chapter also discusses the paradox of representation and the theatricalisation of the theatre.

Keywords: character; nature of fiction; life-source; musical notation; writing; paradox of representation; theatricalisation; theatre

Chapter.  9466 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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