Mieke Bal on Character, Dialectic, and Open-Minded Analysis

Mieke Bal summarizing the exposition of the nature of character as viewed by narratology:

Repetition, accumulation, relations to other characters, and transformations are four different principles that work together to construct the image of a character. Their effect can only be described, however, when the outline of the character has been roughly filled in. This is a constant element in narratological analysis: a dialectic back-and-forth between speculation and verification through open-minded analysis.

from Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative, 4th edition, page 114.

The passage and its keyword “dialectic” popped out at me when I recalled José Angel García Landa’s remarks about the relation between noesis and poesis.

Authenticity and Creation of Selves in Defoe’s Fictional Autobiographies

Shigematsu, Eri. Authenticity and Creation of Selves in Defoe’s Fictional Autobiographies: Representation of Consciousness in Retrospective Narratives. 2019. Online at Semantic Scholar*