Character Focalization in Children’s Novels by Don K. Philpot

By Don K. Philpot

This ebook bargains a complete research of personality focalization in ten modern reasonable children’s novels. the writer argues that personality focalization, outlined because the situation of fictional international notion within the brain of a personality, is a favorite textual constitution in those novels. He demonstrates how major meanings are conveyed in various varieties on the topic of characters’ own and interpersonal stories. via shut research of every textual content, furthermore, he exposes targeted perceptual, mental, and social-psychological styles within the establishing chapters of every novel, that are thereafter built by means of the foundations of continuation, augmentation, and reconfiguration. This booklet will attract students, academics, and scholars within the fields of narrative reports, stylistics, children’s literature scholarship, linguistics, and education.

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C) No study has examined the retrospective meanings available to focalizing characters about their personal fictional world experiences. 2 Research Questions This study uses the concept of character focalization defined and modeled in the first part of this chapter to explore two questions: How is character focalization structured, and what personal meanings are represented by individual focalizations? 6 Looking Back and Ahead This chapter focused on the heuristic framework I use in this study to examine character focalization in ten children’s novels and antecedent studies of focalization and narrative point of view from which this framework was derived.

Ethnic differences, which tend to isolate groups from each other within Canada, are reduced if not effaced by people’s shared participation in Canadian society. Focalizing characters may be ethnically different and have very different narratives about their past but “come to share the same story in the same [temporal and physical] space” and feel the same sense of protection from the dangers of the outside world that the first settlers felt within the walls of Canadian garrisons (72). In the six double-­ focalized novels Nodelman examined, Canada is represented as being a community of diverse peoples whose members have common interests and design to acquire only enough property to meet their needs.

Genette was also motivated to eliminate the confusion between mood and voice which led his colleagues to make awkward statements like Wayne Booth’s: “Strether in large part narrates his own story, even though he is always referred to in the third person” (qtd. in Genette 1980: 188). Mood and voice are two of three categories in Genette’s (1980) framework for analyzing narrative discourse. They are both concerned with narration: mood the object of the narration, the presentation of narrative information; and voice the subject of the narration, the narrator.

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