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Lois McMaster Bujold$
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Edward James

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039324

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.001.0001

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(p.94) Chapter 5 Character
Lois McMaster Bujold

Edward James

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the way in which Bujold creates and presents character and personality. It focuses on depth and complexity of Bujold's characterization, with particular discussion of the relationship between Miles and his brother Mark, and between Miles and his cousin Ivan, in the Vorkosigan books. Bujold presents character and personality as created by culture, by nurture, and by experience. Genes, of course, remain at the root; and we are in a universe in which genes can be modified, before and after birth. Bujold creates character in a number of ways, but above all through two means: the choice of focalization and the description of people's interrelationships.

Keywords:   fictional characters, Lois McMaster Bujold, women writers, women authors, science fiction writers

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