Sorted and General Character Bodies

  • Daniel Punday


Chapter 1 has argued that the way in which we think about human bodies is inherent to what we can take as the most basic and abstract element of narrative—the way that it conceives of mimesis, the relationship between text and world. Although narratologists have treated narrative as a more or less timeless form of discourse, we have seen that much of how we think about narrative depends on a particular set of ideas about human potential and identity. We have seen, further, that these ideas in turn depend on an understanding of human conception and generation that becomes recognizable only in the eighteenth century. In a broad way, our very understanding of the idea of narrative depends on a particular way of conceiving the human body. Narratology in this sense is a form of discourse that is deeply entwined with the modern body.


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