Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in English
1 online resource (59 p.)
Characters and characteristics in literature, Fiction--History and criticism, Criticism interpretation
In this thesis, the critical term "character" is defined from a reader's perspective as a process involving three elements: (1) syntactical character, the printed words that delimit character in the order in which they occur; (2) spatial character, these printed words organized in the reader's mind into a pattern. These two together are called grammatical character; and (3) a mental image that results from reading these printed words.
Brown, Donna C., "A theory of the perception of character" (1974). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2181.