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9783895005688

Saugestad , Frode

Individuation and the Shaping of Personal Identity

A Comparative Study of the Modern Novel

2009
17,0 x 24,0 cm, 304 S., Gebunden
45,00 €

ISBN: 9783895005688
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Kurze Beschreibung

This book endeavors to contribute to comparative literary studies, especially the study of the modern novel, through its analysis of the process of individuation in four distinct literatures, two Western and two Arabic: Norwegian literature through the work of Knut Hamsun, Irish through the work of James Joyce, Egyptian through the work of Naguib Mahfouz, and Sudanese through the work of Tayeb Salih. The overarching aim is to link the process of individuation to the novel as a distinct literary genre and demonstrate how one can probe certain aspects of individuation through studying the novel.
The investigation of the texts draws on a set of complex and discerning theories from the sociology of culture as well as identity and literary theory, represented by the thinkers Pierre Bourdieu, Stuart Hall, Anthony Giddens, René Girard, and Mikhail Bakhtin. Contextualizing each writer in their specific literary field of production enables us to identify the specificity of their literary contribution in the process of shaping personal identity.

Ausführliche Beschreibung

This book endeavours to contribute to comparative literary studies, especially the study of the modern novel, through its analysis of the process of individuation in four distinct literatures, two western and two Arabic.
The overarching aim of this study is therefore to link the process of individuation to the novel as a distinct literary genre, and demonstrate how one can probe certain aspects of individuation through the study of the novel. This particular approach creates a significant dialogical interaction between the process of individuation and the genre of the novel. By contextualising each writer in his specific literary field of production one is able to identify the specificity of his literary contribution, in the process of shaping personal identity.
The introduction outlines the theoretical framework and argues that literary texts are immersed in a complex social network of power relations relevant to perceptions of identity, the process of individuation and the psychology of the individual, by linking them to the complex process of modernity. The study grounds its investigation in the most sophisticated theories in the sociology of cultures, identity and literary theory through the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Stuart Hall, Anthony Giddens, René Girard, and Mikhail Bakhtin. By doing so it avoids the normative and simplistic understanding of the process of individuation, and the genre of the novel. It views the modern novel as immersed in a complex social network of power relations (Bourdieu), relevant to perceptions of identity (Hall), and the process of individuation and the psychology of the individual (Girard), interwoven into the fabric of the complex process of modernity (Giddens) and articulated in the modern novel due to its polyphony of voices (Bakhtin).
Chapter one analyses the process of individuation in Norwegian literature through the work of Knut Hamsun and in particular his novels, Hunger, Mysteries, and Pan. Chapter two examines Irish literature and James Joyce’s contribution through novels like A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. Chapter three studies the Arabic-Egyptian literature of Naguib Mahfouz and the novels The Beggar and Respected Sir. Chapter four investigates the work of the Arabic-Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih in his Season of Migration to the North, and The wedding of Zein. The conclusion brings together the result of the analysis and relates the process of individuation and the shaping of personal identity to the genre of the novel.
This book would be of interest to students and scholar of comparative literature, be it Norwegian, Irish or modern Arabic.

Autoreninfo

Frode Saugestad
Received Ph.D. in 2006 from SOAS, University of London in Comparative Literature. Post-doctoral research fellow at Center for Middle Eastern Studies, CMES, Harvard University 2007–Present. Teaching in the Comparative Literature department at Harvard University spring 2010.

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Diese Reihe stellt innovative Arbeiten zu den nahöstlichen Literaturen in ihren verschiedenen Epochen und Gattungen vor. Sie versteht sich nicht ausschließlich als ein Forum für Orientwissenschaftler, sondern möchte auch Komparatisten, Literaturwissenschaftlern und einer interessierten Öffentlichkeit Einblicke in das breite Spektrum gegenwärtig produzierter und rezipierter Literatur des Nahen Ostens bieten. Denn die Herausgeberinnen, Autorinnen und Autoren wollen den Titel der Reihe programmatisch verstanden wissen. Sie gehen von einem Begriff der Weltliteratur aus, der die orientalischen Literaturen nicht nur statisch einbegreift, sondern sie in ein Kulturregionen und Nationalsprachen übergreifendes Spannungsfeld stellt, dessen Dynamik erst im interdisziplinären Austausch erfasst werden kann. Sie gehen ferner davon aus, dass Literaturen in vielfacher Weise intertextuell geprägt sind, dass sie Lektüren verschiedenster vorausgehender Texte darstellen und daher erst in ihrem „lokalen historischen Kontext“ ihren Reiz als Ausdruck einer regional geprägten Ästhetik entfalten können. Die Reihe versucht so, einer neuen Sensibilität für mythische, archetypische, aber auch historische Subtexte in der nahöstlichen Literatur Bahn zu brechen, sie aber gleichzeitig als wichtigen Ausdruck einer globalen kulturellen Mobilität sichtbar zu machen.

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Afroasiatische Sprachen, Hamitosemitisch (122) || Arabisch (93) || Arabistik (27) || Gaeilge, Gaolainn, Irland (5) || Germanische und Skandinavische Sprachen (61) || Historische und vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft (359) || Indoeuropäische Sprachen (408) || Keltische Sprachen (6) || Literatur: Geschichte und Kritik (150) || Literaturwissenschaft (60) || Literaturwissenschaft: Prosa, Erzählung, Roman, Autoren (29) || Norwegisch || Orientalische Sprachen (13) || Semitische Sprachen (95) || Skandinavische Sprachen (2) || Sprachwissenschaft (85) || Sprachwissenschaft, Linguistik (657)