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Minor Characters Have Their DayGenre and the Contemporary Literary Marketplace$
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Jeremy Rosen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177443

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177443.001.0001

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The Logic of Characters’ Virtual Lives

The Logic of Characters’ Virtual Lives

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(p.154) Chapter Four The Logic of Characters’ Virtual Lives
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Minor Characters Have Their Day
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Jeremy Rosen

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177443.003.0005

Argues that writers of minor-character elaboration foreground a tension between structural and referential views of character that has dominated theories and scholarly debates surrounding literary character. The chapter argues that authors who adopt the genre reveals how reference is produced by readers’ supplementing textual structure with outside information, a process that is both central to realist reading practices and, when extended, produces characters’ virtual lives.

Keywords:   Authors, Genre, Characters, Scholarly debates

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