Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Subject of Indeterminacy: Exploring Identity with Conrad and Salih
by Connors, Steven, M.A., Clark University, 2018, 104; 10841511
Abstract (Summary)

Literary study has long been concerned with the construction of meaning and identity through language. In the realm of postcolonialism, for instance, it is necessary to consider the ways that racism and sexism are hegemonic constructs that are transmitted and solidified through language. Furthermore, literary texts such as Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih engage themselves with revealing the ways that racism, sexism, and colonial discourse function through determinacy or certainty. Moreover, Conrad and Salih are engaged in undermining these enterprises of authoritative discourse by revealing the underlying indeterminacy of language and meaning-making. In other words, they show that meaning exists as humanity constructs it. Thus, it is necessary to consider the ways that they question racism, sexism, and colonialism as movements of thought, discourse, and action that have no rational foundations; and it is necessary to consider the ways that they seek to frame the resistance of these forces in their characters.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Levin, Stephen
Commitee: Kasmer, Lisa
School: Clark University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature
Keywords: Conrad, Literature, Philosophy, Postcolonialism, Psychology, Salih
Publication Number: 10841511
ISBN: 978-0-438-28099-1
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