publication . Article . 2015

The Ambiguous Identity of a Dog as a Mongrelized Storyteller in John Berger's King (1999)

Leleń, Halszka;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Łódź
  • Country: Poland
The dog named King, the central character and narrator of John Berger’s “King” published in 1999, is the offshoot of many apparently incongruent genre conventions as well as the offspring of the ambivalent prejudice and praise of the species encoded in the English idioms. This presentation aims to overview the contributing elements which gave rise to the Bergerian shift in character-narrator shaping and to discuss the function of such perspective for the novelistic format adopted. The discussion points out the central role of the ambiguity of King as a dog, demonstrating the post-fantastic nature of his characterisation rooted in the conventions of magic realism...
free text keywords: John Berger, point of view, dog as narrator, genre conventions, English dog idioms, post-fantastic characterisation, magic realism, ambiguity of character
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