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Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000


Mühlheim, Martin. Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000. 2013, University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts.

Abstract

This doctoral thesis examines the concept of home as a tool for literary critical and cultural analysis. In addition to discussing various theoretical concepts established by earlier critics (e.g. the Freudian uncanny, the Russian formalist idea of defamiliarization, or Marx's concept of alienation), this thesis proposes that fiction itself ought to be considered as a home-making practice, and that any analysis of fictions of home ought to bear in mind seven critical precepts. These seven precepts are formulated in the introduction and then applied in the discussion of one film (Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) and six novels (Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick: or, The Whale; George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss; Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; Pat Barker’s Union Street; and Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides).

Abstract

This doctoral thesis examines the concept of home as a tool for literary critical and cultural analysis. In addition to discussing various theoretical concepts established by earlier critics (e.g. the Freudian uncanny, the Russian formalist idea of defamiliarization, or Marx's concept of alienation), this thesis proposes that fiction itself ought to be considered as a home-making practice, and that any analysis of fictions of home ought to bear in mind seven critical precepts. These seven precepts are formulated in the introduction and then applied in the discussion of one film (Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) and six novels (Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick: or, The Whale; George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss; Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; Pat Barker’s Union Street; and Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides).

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Item Type:Dissertation
Referees:Heusser Martin, Gutbrodt Fritz
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:home, alienation, belonging, literature, fiction, narrative, uncanny, Marxist criticism
Language:English
Date:18 December 2013
Deposited On:10 Mar 2014 09:53
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 04:27

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