Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character by Marta Figlerowicz

By Marta Figlerowicz

now we have all encountered protagonists who, over the process a unique, develop into extra advanced than we notion at the beginning. yet what does one do with an incredible personality who simplifies as a singular progresses, to the purpose the place even this novel's different characters start to overlook him? Flat Protagonists indicates that writers have undertaken such formal experiments-which supply upward push to its titular "flat protagonists"-since the novel's incipience. It reveals such characters in British and French novels starting from the late-seventeenth to the early-twentieth century by means of Aphra Behn, Isabelle de Charrière, Françoise de Graffigny, Thomas Hardy, and Marcel Proust.

Marta Figlerowicz argues that those unusual flat protagonists problem our higher perspectives concerning the novel as a style. Upending a longstanding culture of valuing characters for his or her complexity, Figlerowicz proposes that novels, and their characters, may be liked for highlighting the bounds to how a lot recognition any specific person's self-expression has a tendency to garner, and what kind of perception somebody has to provide her neighborhood. As invites to contemplate how we would encounter to others, instead of purely how others stumble upon to us, flat protagonists either subvert and supplement the extra traditional method of novels as, at their most sensible, websites of guide in interpersonal empathy.

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