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Embodied Word, Disembodied Woman: The Ethics And Aesthetics Of Elena Guro, Shelby Ruth Wardlaw Jan 2016

Embodied Word, Disembodied Woman: The Ethics And Aesthetics Of Elena Guro, Shelby Ruth Wardlaw

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Russian poet, painter, and playwright Elena Guro builds on the Futurist concept of the liberation of the word, extending it to the sphere of meaning construction. She points out that the current construction of meaning demands a humanitarian and moral price. Modernity affirms hierarchical constructions that privilege the strong over the weak, the visible over the invisible, the man-made over the natural. Guro locates the potential for subversion in the subjective gaze of the dreamer, the scatterbrain, the mentally ill, the feminine, and the natural. These categories are not equivalent, yet they share one important feature: they are overlooked by ...


The Wolf-Girl Nomadic: Becoming-Animal And Post-Human Feminine Subjectivity In Angela Carter’S "Peter And The Wolf", Cary C. Haun Jan 2013

The Wolf-Girl Nomadic: Becoming-Animal And Post-Human Feminine Subjectivity In Angela Carter’S "Peter And The Wolf", Cary C. Haun

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Calling upon a post-structuralist post-humanist account of Angela Carter’s short story “Peter and the Wolf,” it is necessary to take an approach such as this in order to facilitate the articulation of potentiality as well as explore different perspectives through Carter’s use of animals in her “re-tellings.” With this in mind, one can allow her work to flow freely through multiple disciplines and discourses such that, like the animals she writes about, a nomadic feminine subjectivity would be better suited for examining the benefits of its methodological practicality. When re-telling a story from not only a feminine perspective ...


Cutting The Purity In Sweet Diamond Dust: Translating Identity In Maldito Amor, Jennifer Ann Delaney Jan 2013

Cutting The Purity In Sweet Diamond Dust: Translating Identity In Maldito Amor, Jennifer Ann Delaney

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Rosario Ferre’s successful polyphonic novella Maldito amor depicts the nebulous concept of a collective Puerto Rican identity. Yet, Ferré’s own English translation of Maldito amor (Sweet Diamond Dust) subverts many of the issues associated with the search for Puerto Rican identity. In Maldito amor, Ferré addresses issues of race, political affiliations, and the role of women in Puerto Rico insightfully as they remain unresolved. Sweet Diamond Dust also explores these themes, but they are undercut by the didactic descriptions, diluted racial discourse, and pro-American sentiments. Ferré’s stated objective in translating the novella was to provide an English ...


This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi Jan 2013

This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the relation between the Foucauldian concepts of truth and confession and their place within modern literature. By focusing on Marcel Proust’s La Prisonnière in particular, the intention is to examine how confession operates as a productive source of truth in an art form that by its very definition appears to resist the categorization of “truthful”. What makes Proust’s work especially critical to this is analysis is how its autobiographical elements and rhetorical devices entwine themselves with the art of confession and both expand as well as complicate the notion of ...


Silenced Tongues And Inaccessible Spaces: Home And Language In The Work Of Leïla Sebbar And Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Erica Grant Carley Jan 2012

Silenced Tongues And Inaccessible Spaces: Home And Language In The Work Of Leïla Sebbar And Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Erica Grant Carley

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Home has often been understood as a stable point of origin or a location of belonging, where one understands and is understood. However, the existence of multinational and multilingual homes prompts a reimagining of home as a concept. It cannot be considered a stable location through which identity and origin may be determined. Rather, home must be understood as an ever-changing set of feelings and experiences. As such, it is inextricably joined to language. It is through language that home is defined, experienced and constructed. In this paper, I discuss the varied notions of home and language in the autobiographical ...


The Impossible Impossible: Kafka's "Beschreibung Eines Kampfes", Darin Trent Graber Jan 2010

The Impossible Impossible: Kafka's "Beschreibung Eines Kampfes", Darin Trent Graber

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Franz Kafka’s “Beschreibung eines Kampfes” employs a uniquely troubling narrative structure in which the story’s narrator begins to relate the story of his run-in with an “acquaintance” but fails to maintain a stable, subjective standpoint from which he can narrate sensibly. Despite his attempt to utilize a secondary narrative that makes him both a narrator and a narrated character, this first-person narrator’s failed subject perspective gives way to a myriad of other characters’ and their own attempts to solidify their individual existence via secondary narratives. Put in context of other similar, yet distinct, narrative structures employed by ...