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Volleys of HumanityEssays 1972-2009$
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Helene Cixous and Eric Prenowitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639038

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.001.0001

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The Character of ‘Character’

The Character of ‘Character’

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(p.41) Chapter 2 The Character of ‘Character’
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Volleys of Humanity
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Hélène Cixous

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.003.0003

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

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