publication . Article . 2017

A classification scheme for literary characters

Matthew Berry; Steven Brown;
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  • Published: 20 Oct 2017 Journal: Psychological Thought, volume 10, pages 288-302 (eissn: 2193-7281, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Southwest University Neofit Rilski
There is no established classification scheme for literary characters in narrative theory short of generic categories like protagonist vs. antagonist or round vs. flat. This is so despite the ubiquity of stock characters that recur across media, cultures, and historical time periods. We present here a proposal of a systematic psychological scheme for classifying characters from the literary and dramatic fields based on a modification of the Thomas-Kilmann (TK) Conflict Mode Instrument used in applied studies of personality. The TK scheme classifies personality along the two orthogonal dimensions of assertiveness and cooperativeness. To examine the validity of a ...
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free text keywords: General Psychology, literary characters, archetypes, classification, personality, Thomas-Kilmann, assertiveness, cooperativeness, 150, Archetype, Psychology, Narratology, Cognitive psychology, Cooperativeness, Personality, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Big Five personality traits, Stock character, Mode (music), Assertiveness, lcsh:Psychology, lcsh:BF1-990
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