Browsing by Subject "Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature"
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- ItemA Process of Becoming: Wandering, Identity, Authorship(2011) Hogarth, Thea
- ItemAestheticizing The Self: 'Krapp's Last Tape' and Identity in the Age of Technology(2004) Wool, Jason; Devenney, Christopher, 1961-
- Item“An Embrace in Death” Psychic Resistance of the Symbolic Order as Freedom in Mrs. Dalloway(2019) Misangyi, Hannah; Mohan, RajeswariMy thesis examines the social formation of identity in Mrs. Dalloway through the work of Julia Kristeva.
- ItemBodies In-Between: Place and Fluid Identity in Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven(2016) James, Rachel; Mohan, Rajeswari
- ItemFudousuru sekai no geijyutsuka : Bridging Memory and Identity : An Artist of the Floating World(2003) Seavey, Alisa A.; Tensuan, Theresa
- ItemGoing Out Into the Land: An Exploration of Identity, Place, and Trauma in Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony"(2012) Fritz, Tiffany; Stadler, Gustavus
- Item"Knocking on Closed Doors": Corporeality and Relational Identity in Mary McCarthy's Memories of a Catholic Girlhood(2011) Sockett, Kristin; Stadler, Gustavus
- ItemMirror-Mirror: Reflective Consciousness and (Mis)Identification in Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man'(2004) Adler, Susannah; Benston, Kimberly W.
- ItemMurderous Errors and Erroneous Murders: Physiology, Society and the Struggle for Identity in Othello and El Medico de su Honra(2001) McBryan, Jennifer; Allen, Elizabeth; Quintero, María Cristina
- ItemNarrating Identity in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex(2006) Piastra, Elizabeth; Mohan, RajeswariJeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex is the first person narrative of Cal, an individual who has lived a “mythical life” (Eugenides 424) and experienced the “impossible” (Eugenides 516) and whose narrative is described as “this singular and uncommon record” (Eugenides 512). Cal’s story is that of one of the so-called “others” in society, and yet, his narrative is a search for origin and a journey of self-discovery in which the social constructions of normality and otherness are revealed. As Cal points out, “I was beginning to understand something about normality. Normality wasn’t normal. It couldn’t be. If normality were normal, everybody could leave it alone” (Eugenides 446). Cal’s narrative demonstrates that though categories may contribute to one’s identity, no single category is capable of determining everything about one’s experiences, which are entirely one’s own and no one else’s. In other words, categories are constructed though not independent of one another and have material consequences. This understanding of categories is why there can be no “typical” experience, why there is no such thing as “normal.”
- ItemReconciling Identities through the Flight of the Sea Swift: Maud and Dennis Plunkett in Omeros(2011) Zych, Natalie; Mohan, Rajeswari
- Item“Still, it was a kind of language between us”: Desire, Identity and Ethics in ‘Nausicaa’(2013) Cohen-Carroll, Natasha; Sherman, DeboraThis thesis examines the ways in which desire is constructed in the Nausicaa chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses, paying specific attention to how the characters’ past trauma or vulnerabilities inform these desires. Through their exchange, Gerty is able to control Bloom’s lust and be desired free from the shadow of her physical disability, while Bloom is offered the chance to reaffirm his manhood, an especially delicate matter due to the end of his sexual life with Molly. The experience in a sense mends these traumas, as it places them both sexual beings in the world, engaged in a reciprocal exchange. The episode testifies to a form of mutuality and communication, and, above all, to the acknowledgement that there was a “kind of language between us.” The encounter is furthermore characterized by Gerty’s attention to Bloom and by the fulfilling nature of their exchange, and can be seen as a moment of responsibility towards the other. While the exchange is undoubtedly imperfect, we might consider viewing it in terms of Levinas’s conception of alterity and responsibility. Using Levinas’s works, the thesis examines the ethical nature of their exchange: Bloom’s and Gerty’s alterity is preserved throughout, and is in fact the basis for their self-actualization. Through being recognized and acknowledged by the “Other”, both Bloom and Gerty leave their encounter with a more fluid and nuanced vision of their own identities. Indeed, Bloom and Gerty take an active role in shaping their identities and formulating their desires. Beyond the expression of their sexual desire, their encounter provides an open space of self-realization and mutual understanding, in which they can work through these traumas, and suture tears in their identities.
- ItemThe Identity of the Revealer in The Thunder, Perfect Mind(1989) Everett, Kim
- ItemThe Serpent and the Self: Identity and Self Discovery in Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and the Story of Dōjōji(2013) Harder, Alicia K.Dōjōji and the Kegon engi Emaki are two stores that are often studied with a psychoanalytical approach. The transformation and resolution of these tales are often interpreted as men reconciling this inherent fear that they have of women and the power they possess. This is misogyny is also seen as a reflection on the role of women within a greater Buddhist context, which offered little opportunities for female enlightenment. This paper sets out to look that these narratives in a different light by exploring the relationship between the portrayals of female transformation in these stories and its applications to Haruki Murakami’s novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. At first glance the two narratives might share little in common, there are similarities. Throughout Murakami’s novels he has a clearly defined concept of the self as divided into two parts. There is the self that we know to be ourselves and then there is the other self, the self that observes. Although this unknown self may seem unimportant, given our own unawareness, disrupting these two selves is something that has drastic consequences. As we see in Murakami’s novels, his characters must go on a journey in order to resolve this defiled self. This portrayal of the self is similarly reflected in these stories of female transformation, where this disruption can be seen as the transformation itself. Not only do both narratives follow a similar arc of disruption, journey, and resolution but there are also shared themes of sexuality as well as a similar relationship between the physical versus metaphysical world. Although taking a psychoanalytical approach is certainly an interesting way of looking at the story of female transformation in the Kegon engi Emaki and Dōjōji, it is also possible to see Murakami’s sense of self at play throughout these narratives of female transformation. In both cases this unconscious self is brought into the open and there is a resulting transformation in an attempt to achieve resolution.