Bakhtin Revisited

Constructions of Identity Through Time and Place in English and New English/Postcolonial Literature
 
 
WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
  • erschienen am 17. April 2020
 
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  • Softcover
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  • 344 Seiten
978-3-86821-848-0 (ISBN)
 
Mikael Bakhtin was interested in time and space as the most essential coordinates in life and literature. In the latter, chronotopes denote the interaction of time and space in the representation of human experience. This is also what the present study is concerned with. The method used is a creative and free application of Bakhtin's idea of the significance of spatio-temporal relationships in literature.

The selection of exemplary primary texts for discussion is meant to demonstrate both the validity of the concept and the complexity of actual artistic representations in modernist/postmodernist/postcolonial literature.

The monograph offers six case studies in identity construction through time and place - in texts by Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, Margaret Atwood, J.M. Coetzee and Colin Thubron. The types of texts included are essay, fiction and travelogue. The study fuses the methods of British Literary and Cultural Studies. The result is a poetics and politics of time and place/space. Emerging from all these reflections are penetrating insights into the nature of the representation and critical assessment of reality, culture and values.
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  • Deutschland
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  • Höhe: 21 cm
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  • Breite: 14.8 cm
  • 551 gr
978-3-86821-848-0 (9783868218480)
Contents


1. Introduction ......................................................................................................... 1

2. Methodological and theoretical framework ...................................................... 6

3. Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of the chronotope ................................................. 23

4. The poetics of conversation in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own:
constructed arbitrariness and thoughtful impressionism .............................. 41
4.1 Introduction ......................................................................................................... 41
4.2 The methodology of Woolf's essay ..................................................................... 43
4.3 Chronotopicity..................................................................................................... 48
4.4 Polyphony, dialogism and multiperspectivity ..................................................... 55
4.5 Emotionality, physicality, figurative language, free mental associations,
stream of consciousness, imagination, psychoanalysis ........................................ 61
4.6 The politics and poetics of feminist essay-writing .............................................. 81
4.7 Conclusion .......................................................................................................... 88

5. Identity construction through urban space, place and character
in Virginia Woolf's Night and Day ................................................................... 91
5.1 Introduction ......................................................................................................... 91
5.2 Urban space, city life and identity construction: light, movement,
rhythm, patterns of human life ............................................................................ 92
5.3 Movement and ideas: the fusion of material and mental landscapes ................... 99
5.4 Woolf's modern feminine urban vision ............................................................. 103
5.5 London's vicinity, Manchester and the English countryside ............................. 104
5.6 Identity construction through urban space, place and character ........................ 110
5.7 The chronotopic functions of food .................................................................... 121
5.8 Conclusion ........................................................................................................ 122

6. East and West in Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes:
contrasting settings, lifestyles, identities and modes of perception .............. 126
6.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................... 126
6.2 Chronotopicity: the contrast between St. Petersburg and Geneva ..................... 129
6.3 Western and Eastern modes of perception and awareness ................................. 137
6.4 Conrad's contribution and the question of influences ....................................... 149
6.5 Conclusion ........................................................................................................ 152

7. Postmodern identity construction in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye:
childhood, time, the city, the body, art and science ...................................... 155
7.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................... 155
7.2 Childhood .......................................................................................................... 156
7.3 The concept of time ........................................................................................... 165
7.4 The city ............................................................................................................. 171
7.5 The body, the gaze, clothing ............................................................................. 183
7.6 Art: a reconciliation of science and aesthetics ................................................... 189
7.7 Childhood as a catalyst for art ........................................................................... 193
7.8 Elaine's emergence as an artist: art studies, lovers, feminism ........................... 200
7.9 Art credo and art reception ................................................................................ 204
7.10 Conclusion ........................................................................................................ 207

8. Shifting identities and conceptions of childhood, old age and
motherhood in J.M. Coetzee's Age f Iron ...................................................... 211
8.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................... 211
8.2 Childhood, old age and motherhood .................................................................. 212
8.2.1 Perversions of childhood .......................................................................... 213
8.2.2 Perversions of old age .............................................................................. 222
8.2.3 Reversals of childhood, old age and motherhood ..................................... 229
8.3 Shifting identities and surrogate roles ............................................................... 232
8.3.1 Mrs Curren's daughter: motherhood, writing and communication ........... 234
8.3.2 Florence and her children ......................................................................... 245
8.3.3 Bheki's friend ........................................................................................... 254
8.3.4 Mr Vercueil and his dog ........................................................................... 256
8.4 Conclusion ........................................................................................................ 269

9. Colin Thubron in cold-war Russia: Alice's adventures in
"the Holy Sepulchre of atheism" .................................................................... 277
9.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................... 277
9.2 Fiction and travel writing, autobiography and chronotope ................................ 282
9.3 Place: history, geography, politics, botany, zoology, architecture and culture .... 285
9.4 People ................................................................................................................ 295
9.5 Negative and positive stereotyping, differentiation, authenticity ...................... 298
9.6 Rhetorical-stylistic devices, mode of presentation ............................................ 302
9.7 Conclusion ........................................................................................................ 314

10. General conclusion .......................................................................................... 318

Bibliography ............................................................................................................. 320

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