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Character and Person

John Frow


Fictional character is an ontologically ambivalent category—at once a formal construct and a quasi-person—which lies at the heart of the life of textual fictions of all kinds. The book explores that ambivalence by investigating not only the kinds of thing that character is but how it works to engage readers and the range of typologies through which it has been constructed in very different periods, media, and genres. At the same time, it seeks to explore the ways in which character is person-like, and through that the question of what it means to be a social person. Its focus is thus on the in ... More

Keywords: character, person, fiction, social person, fictional character, cognitive science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Frow, author
Professor of English, University of Sydney

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