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Title: 'Say make me, remake me' : The Narrative Construction of Identity in Toni Morrison's Fiction
Author: Degler, Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0001 3421 4531
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: The University of Essex pre-October 2008
Date of Award: 2008
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Abstract:
This thesis is a study of the presentation and construction of identity in the fiction of Toni Morrison. Taking as my premise the notion that identity is constructed as a social and dynamic process, I investigate its relationship with the very similar process of narrative. More particularly, by exploring various tropes and discursive strategies in Morrison's fiction, I argue that identity is, in fact, a function of narrative. The first chapter directly compares Morrison's second and last novels Sula and Love, respectively - to consider what approaches to identity are consistently relevant to a study of her work. Differences between her early presentation of identity and her later construction of it are noted. The second chapter argues for a consideration of generally dismissed characters in Song oj Solomon to see what so-called undesirable examples contribute to our understanding. Modes of self-articulation are examined for their construction of meaning and identity through form as well as content.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.486730  DOI: Not available
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