Francois Lachance edited the post Mieke Bal on Character, Dialectic, and Open-Minded Analysis in the group Narrative theory and Narratology: on Humanities Commons 3 months ago
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 […]
On the process of reading characters and ‘structuring’ them as you read on and as they keep evolving, I love, too, Philippe Hamon’s paper “Pour un statut sémiologique du personnage” (1977).
Interesting that Hamon crops up in this context. Mieke Bal goes on later in the book to acknowledge Hamon:
An important book article by Hamon [Le personnel du roman] (1983), from which I have borrowed a great deal in this chapter, deals with characters. Hamon treats the most important aspects of the characters and places them in a semiotic framework. His division of the characters into signifier and signified I find a bit problematic.
She doesn't elaborate. And so a rabbit hole opens…