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Title: Fragmentation of the self : Lacanian perspectives on Jean Rhys's longer fiction
Author: Awan, Zulfqar Hyder
ISNI:       0000 0004 5361 644X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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Jean Rhys's primary concern in her fiction is the fragmentation of the self. Her Caribbean/postcolonial experience, her gender positioning and her encounter with modernism contribute to her experience of fragmentation. Lacanian theory provides a plausible framework to understand the idea of fragmentation in Rhys's fiction. Through the use of the mirror image across her longer fiction, Rhys presents her heroines' fragmented subjectivity. She further elaborates it through her heroines' engagement with language and its impact on their subject position. Rhys's engagement with the mirror image and the role of language in creating an individual's subject position aligns with the Lacanian theory of subject formation. In Rhys's vision death is the only possible resolution of the fundamental fragmentation of the self.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Higher Education Commission of Pakistan ; International Islamic University ; Islamabad
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Self in literature