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Title: The Counter-Bildungsroman in Northern Irish fiction, 1965-1996
Author: Goudsmit, Anne
Awarding Body: St Mary's University College/University of Surrey
Current Institution: St Mary's University, Twickenham
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis explores the relevance of the Bildungsroman genre to a selection of Northern Irish writing from the 1960s through to the late 1990s. Synthesizing a range of critical approaches it shows how six novels by Leitch, Duffaud, Patterson, Deane, Madden and Molloy challenge the traditional Bildungsroman. It brings the thwarted Bildungsroman into correspondence with the key elements of ‘minority discourse’ as defined by Mohamed and Lloyd (1990), focusing on subjectivity and identity position. Using Jameson’s concept of the ‘political unconscious’ the thesis demonstrates how fragmented and hybridised subjectivities challenge the two main Northern Irish identarian discourses, Irish nationalism and Ulster unionism. It argues that all six counter-Bildungsromane feature some of the characteristics of ‘minority discourse’ with one even providing an example of ‘minor writing’ as defined by Deleuze and Guattari (1975).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: 823 English fiction ; 941 History of Ireland