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Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life

Omri Moses


Characters” are those fictive beings in novels whose coherent patterns of behavior make them credible as people. “Character” is also used to refer to the capacity—or incapacity—to sustain one's core principles. What is behind this esteem for unwavering consistency? Fitful Character examines literary characters who test and defy our culture's models of personal integrity. It argues that modernist writers Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and T. S. Eliot challenge conventional literary, moral, and even psychoanalytic conceptions of character, which encourage the false equation of moral integrity with ... More

Keywords: modernist literature, literary character, ethics, vitalism, emotions theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis (critiques of), the psyche, moral character, Henri Bergson

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804789141
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789141.001.0001


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Omri Moses, author

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