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Време и персонажи
Time and Personages

Author(s): Magdalena Petrova
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - БАН
Keywords: evolution of characters from the point of view of the time in the novel

Summary/Abstract: The article tackles the evolution of characters from the point of view of the time in the novel, analyzing the transformation of certain techniques used by Balzak in Proust’s novel. Balzak created a kind of narrative presence of his characters comparing several portraits from different moments in their lives. Proust’s character unravels in the course of time – a set of images often contrasting, isolated within the framework of time. The meaning generated by Proust’s character is in direct proportion to the narrator’s inability to dwindle him or her to a single image; it is in direct proportion to the multiplication of forms. The point of departure mingles with the search for truth, which slithers away for ever. This search is always situated in time, and truth is a function of time. Balzak’s novel has a dramatic structure and the reminiscence serves the purposes of explaining the reasons. Time is used by the novelist as a method of clarification; it presages and prepares the future. Proust releases the forms of temporal narrativity from their dramatic function and leaves them develop on their own, aesthetisizing them.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 99-114
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian