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Yardsticks: Retarded Characters and Their Roles in Fiction
     

Yardsticks: Retarded Characters and Their Roles in Fiction

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by Patricia M. Puccinelli
 

A retarded character is often used in fiction as a conventional device. This study traces its history from the court fools of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries up through the characters in twentieth-century works. Puccinelli identifies the retarded character's role in narrative in terms of the following five categories: the yardstick (the most prevalent of

Overview

A retarded character is often used in fiction as a conventional device. This study traces its history from the court fools of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries up through the characters in twentieth-century works. Puccinelli identifies the retarded character's role in narrative in terms of the following five categories: the yardstick (the most prevalent of the five), the wise fool, the catalyst, the window pane, and the accessory. Though this discussion is limited to American fiction, the analysis perseveres in other national literatures and in other media, including film and television.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820420011
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 4: English Language and Literature , #155
Pages:
104

Meet the Author

The Author: Patricia M. Puccinelli received her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature form St. Louis University. As an assistant professor (adjunct) at St. Louis University, she has taught courses in writing and literature. Dr. Puccinelli is also a writing consultant and speaks at conferences and local and national businesses.

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