The multiple formations of identity in selected texts by William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams

Show simple item record Malan, Morne 2009-09-18T11:56:26Z 2009-09-18T11:56:26Z 2009-09-18T11:56:26Z
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT This project compares and contrasts the ways in which selected texts by William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams render their fictional figures as modern subjects engaged in the complex processes of identity-formation and transformation. These processes are deeply rooted within the context of the American South. The interrelatedness of identity and language is explored by investigating how these texts dramatize selfhood not as an essential or homogenous state, but as a perpetual process of self-fashioning and play amid multiple positionings. The central hypothesis is that identity manifests itself necessarily and continuously as a textual discourse in and through language, and that self-fashioning gives rise to ethical questions, because identity involves not only the subject’s relation to the self, but also his or her relationships with others in closely interwoven personal, familial and communal-cultural bonds. This ethical dimension underscores the relational aspects of selfhood, that is, the notion that the individual is always situated inextricably within the social, and that the fashioning of the self is thus inconceivable without a consideration of the other. The following pairs of texts are compared: As I Lay Dying and The Glass Menagerie; The Sound and the Fury and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Light in August and A Streetcar Named Desire. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject selfhood en_US
dc.subject subjectivity en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject self en_US
dc.subject other en_US
dc.subject self-fashioning en_US
dc.subject family en_US
dc.subject community en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject William Faulkner en_US
dc.subject Tennessee Williams en_US
dc.subject the South en_US
dc.subject Southern literature en_US
dc.subject American literature en_US
dc.title The multiple formations of identity in selected texts by William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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