Persona: In literature, persona is defined as a storyteller, who is created by an author. A persona is not necessarily the author herself; it is almost “invariably distinct from the author” (Encyclopædia Britannica). A persona is a character created by the author and can be described as “the voice ‘through which the author speaks’” (Glossary of Literary Terms). Originally defined as a “false face” worn by actors, the term persona has evolved to indicate a ‘person’ who speaks in a novel, short story, or any kind of literature. For a creator, generating a persona is the main idea of literary art forms. This allows the author of a novel, or director of a movie to display their emotions through the actions or words of another person.
Example: Meredith Quartermain’s 2010 collection of micro-fictions or prose poems, The Not of What She Didn’t Know, provides the reader with many examples of specific literary terms. Quartermain is able to display many different examples of persona in her works. Each short piece of literature that Quartermain has published in The Capilano Review 3.12, contains many kinds of characters that revolve around varying themes. An example of where persona stands out is exemplified in a work titled “My Agency”. The entirety of the short story is written in first person, making the audience feel as though Quartermain is speaking. When Quartermain states “I throw back my shutters, meet my creative director” (53), she, herself is not performing, or thinking about those actions, but creating a persona to share in those actions with.
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“Persona.” A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory Fourth Edition. London: Blackwell, 1998. Print.
Quartermain, Meredith. The Not of What She Didn’t Know. Vancouver: Hemlock, 2010. Print.