The Self-Examining Character

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The self-examining character in fiction, or the I-narrator in memoir or personal essay, is one who possesses an inner self and awareness of motivations. These characters think, muse, and analyze themselves, giving the reader the WHY behind actions and dialogue, making the story, whether fictional or nonfictional, more convincing. Rooted in the confessional tradition, which encompasses characters ranging from St. Augustine to Humbert Humbert in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, the self-examining character looks at guilt as well as unintentional mistakes, and is willing to journey into his or her own consciousness. We will discuss how dreams, confessions, rationalizations, and flashpoints of hard-won psychological truth create believable characters and narrators in readings, and work on creative responses. 

Instructor: Vicki Lindner Learn More


Mar 03, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm