The term passant is used to refer to a character in a narrative viewed from the perspective of the impressions registered on him or her, rather than from the perspective of the actions he or she performs. Rabinowitz (2005) invented this term as a contrast to actant.


Rabinowitz, Peter J (2005). They shoot tigers, don’t they?: path and counterpoint in The Long Goodbye In: A Companion to narrative theory, edited by J. Phelan and P. J. Rabinowitz. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 181-191.

edited 1 June, 2017 by Allan Parsons

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