The Plural Protagonist. Or: How to Be Many and Why

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Individualised psychologically driven protagonists as hypothetical human beings are the dominant type of characters in films. When societal issues are addressed in stories, this type of characters almost always fall short because they primarily function in an individualised framework. Some films, therefore, build protagonists that transcend boundaries of the single character. This plural protagonist moves from I to we. It consists of a group of characters that share the same issues surpassing an individual scope. Through case studies and premising on what literary theory, performance and screenwriting studies can teach us, I aim to offer elements for a dramaturgy of the plural protagonist but also to highlight its value for the growing number of scriptwriters who are eager to discuss social issues in their writing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Screenwriting Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783031207686, 9783031207693
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • screenwriting studies
  • screenwriting research
  • Film Studies


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