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Thierry Groensteen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037702

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037702.001.0001

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The Subjectivity of the Character

The Subjectivity of the Character

(p.121) Chapter Six The Subjectivity of the Character
Comics and Narration

Thierry Groensteen

University Press of Mississippi

A narrative is “behaviorist” if the knowledge that we can have of characters is limited to both their actions and words and if we cannot access their thoughts and feelings. This is the most common type of narrative in comics, although words (in the form of direct speech) emphasized by the expressivity of the body are already a privileged means of access to the subjectivity of a character. The narrator can give us access to the characters’ inner life by relying on the reciter or the monstrator. This chapter examines the subjectivity of the character in comics. It considers the interplay of sequential images as well as the expression of subjectivity and inner life in relation to the actorialized narrator.

Keywords:   narrative, characters, comics, subjectivity, reciter, monstrator, sequential images, actorialized narrator

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