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.
|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|
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