Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Text Through Textile: External Identity Constructs in Victorian and Postmodern Literature
by Huckelberry, Dawn Y., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 86; 1606124
Abstract (Summary)

Drawing upon the work of Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, this project examines differences in the use of material signifiers of identity in creating character and advancing social commentary in two different eras of literature, the Victorian and the postmodern. In the analysis of two representative Victorian novels, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford, an intentional connection between dress and identity emerges. In analysis of two representative postmodern novels, Don Delillo’s White Noise and Laura Restrepo’s Delirium, the connection between dress and identity becomes increasingly arbitrary.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gurfinkel, Helena
Commitee: Pendergast, John, Skoblow, Jeffrey
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: English Language and Literature
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Philosophy, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Constructs, Identity, Image, Performativity, Postmodern, Victorian
Publication Number: 1606124
ISBN: 978-1-339-36358-5
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