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Characterisation In Context

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The relation between textuality and the author shifted significantly towards the last decade of the nineteenth century, as writers began to explore narrative scenarios which had the effect of deconstructing traditional characterisation. The focus of this chapter is a reading of relationships and how these are written into the novels: the alliances of client and courtesan, and of groups of men and sororities of women, of relationships with family, pimps and madams. It is devoted to considering how characters speak out from the text, but another aspect derives from the entextualising process itself: the relationship between body and text, and between the bodies depicted and late Qing print culture.

Keywords: characterisation; Fengyue meng; Haishang hua liezhuan; late Qing dynasty; Qinglou meng



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