Représentation et instrumentalisation du sujet narratif : "character" chez Jane Austen

Abstract : From the theoritical problem of character in the novel, this study moves on to the world view of a different era and the works of Jane Austen. Structuralist approaches to character are reassesses. Certain concepts remain useful, but semiotics only deals with the internal functioning of meaning, and the analytical tool of the test or ordeal yields nothing if the axiological, cultural and political contracts framing characters are unknown. These contracts are explored in detail, revealing the ordeals and struggles which enable characterisation in Austen's novels. Her irony comes over as complementary to didacticism rather than subversive. Austen's characterisation also works within the comic genre and its relationship with social cohesion and character paradigms. An exhaustive classification of the occurrences of the term " character " in the novels shows the author's lucidity concerning its narrative, social, and political aspects, but also confirms her moderate conservatism.
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Matthew Smith. Représentation et instrumentalisation du sujet narratif : "character" chez Jane Austen. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 2002. Français. ⟨NNT : 2002NAN21004⟩. ⟨tel-01776492⟩

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