Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

by Ann Hallamore Caesar
     
 

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is best known in the English-speaking world for his radical challenge to traditional Western theatre with plays such as Six Characters in Search of an Author. This book argues for the centrality of the character in all of Pirandello's writings - novels, short stories, and essays as well as plays. It explores the different ways in which

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Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is best known in the English-speaking world for his radical challenge to traditional Western theatre with plays such as Six Characters in Search of an Author. This book argues for the centrality of the character in all of Pirandello's writings - novels, short stories, and essays as well as plays. It explores the different ways in which his fictional and dramatic characters struggle to sustain an identity of their own, tell their life-stories, and assert themselves before their most prominent antagonist, the author himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198151760
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1590L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Note on Translations and Sources
1. Real and Implied Authors
2. The Rise of the Character: Six Characters and the Drama of Creativity
3. Self and Other in Society: Gossip, Shame, and Scandal
4. Configurations of Identity: The Family's Undoing
5. Narrative Space and the Multiplying Self: The Case of Uno, nessuno e centomila
6. Pirandello's Philosophers
7. The Author as Director: Characters and Actors
8. Performing Women
Bibliography
Index

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