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Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello$
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Ann Hallamore Caesar

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151760.001.0001

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Pirandello's Philosophers

Pirandello's Philosophers

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Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

Ann Hallamore Caesar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Luigi Pirandello's third person characters as narrators of the novel's main story. The chapter also introduces a remarkable novel by Pirandello entitled ‘The Notebooks of Serafino Gubbio, Cameraman’ and its relevance in the author's works. Excerpts from this book are also presented in this chapter. This chapter discusses the roles that Pirandello's male characters play in his novel. It emphasizes Pirandello's male characters as narrators of the novels that represents human condition. The chapter also includes a comparative analysis between this novel and another literary masterpiece, ‘The Rite of Passage’ by Arnold van Gennep. The further parts of this chapter focus on Luigi Pirandello's approach to 19th century spiritualism and how he incorporated this principle into his writings. The chapter finally tackles the processes that Pirandello undertook to be able to attain enhanced authorship.

Keywords:   third person characters, Luigi Pirandello, narrators, The Notebooks of Serafino Gubbio Cameraman, spiritualism, male characters, The Rite of Passage, Arnold van Gennep

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