Definition of actant in English:


Syllabification: ac·tant
Pronunciation: /ˈaktənt


  • (In literary theory) a person, creature, or object playing any of a set of active roles in a narrative: the room has become an actant, a surrogate for the heroine herself
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    • Successful actor-networks are built by enrolling the heterogeneous actants as active participants in a common project.
    • As Swapan Chakravorty has observed, the characters in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside are the result of a ‘shuffling [of] the old actants and indices’ of Middleton's earlier plays.
    • These four steps describe the interactions between three actants (abstract representations of characters and their functions): the Subject, the Object and the Sender.

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