Character The History of a Cultural Obsession by Marjorie Garber
epub | 25.83 MB | English | Author :Marjorie Garber


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A spirited, engaging investigation into the concept of character, an enduring human obsession in literature, psychology, politics, and everyday life

What is "character"? How can it be measured, developed, or built? Are character traits fixed or changeable? Is character innate, or can it be taught?
Since Aristotle's Poetics, philosophers, moralists, artists, and scientists have engaged with the enigma of human character. In its oldest usage, "character" derives from a word for engraving or stamping, yet over time, it has come to mean a moral idea, a type, a literary persona, and a physical or physiological manifestation, observable in works of art or in scientific experiments. It is an ingredient in drama and the focus of self-help books.
As Marjorie Garber explores in The Character Issue, character seems more relevant than ever-the term is omnipresent in discussions of politics, sexuality, ethics, morality, and the...

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