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Title: 'Landkarten innerer Welten' : the novels of Güney Dal
Author: Clarke, Alexandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 7220
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis examines the novels of Guney Dal and represents the first attempt to engage with all of his works in detail. Hitherto it is principally the first two of his novels - those that most easily fit into the dominant generation-based patterns of reception - that have been discussed by critics in their excursions into the field of 'migrant' literature in Germany. I show that this has obscured the variety and experimentation of his work. The novels are introduced and discussed in chronological order, allowing the continuities of Dal's writing project to come to the fore. My examinations of Dal's novels are based on close readings of the individual texts, with an awareness of the multiple wider contexts within which these works exist. The thematic substance of Dal's novels has remained largely constant during the course of his career. However, he has approached this material through a variety of narrative styles and forms: from the didactic socialist realism of Wenn Ali die Glocken lduten hart, to the modernist streamof- consciousness narration of EuropastrafJe 5, the postmodern metafiction of Der enthaarte Affe and Eine kurze Reise nach Gallipoli, through to the historical novel Teestunden am Ring. The latest work, Kii~iik Adznda Biri, fuses the workerist focus of the early works with his experimentation with postmodernism. Dal has never shied away from stretching the' boundaries of his narrative repertoire. The later, more experimental, novels retain a political edge while the early works already show indications of Dal's willingness to experiment as a writer. This. thesis will demonstrate that his fiction operates on this very tension between social commentary and literary experimentation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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