The Counter-Bildungsroman in Northern Irish Fiction 1965-1996

Goudsmit, Anne (2013) The Counter-Bildungsroman in Northern Irish Fiction 1965-1996. PhD thesis, St Mary's University College / University of Surrey.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the relevance of the Bildungsroman genre to a selection of Northern Irish writing from the 1960s through to the late 1990s. Synthesizing a range of critical approaches it shows how six novels by Leitch, Duffaud, Patterson, Deane, Madden and Molloy challenge the traditional Bildungsroman. It brings the thwarted Bildungsroman into correspondence with the key elements of ‘minority discourse’ as defined by Mohamed and Lloyd (1990), focusing on subjectivity and identity position. Using Jameson’s concept of the ‘political unconscious’ the thesis demonstrates how fragmented and hybridised subjectivities challenge the two main Northern Irish identarian discourses, Irish nationalism and Ulster unionism. It argues that all six counter-Bildungsromane feature some of the characteristics of ‘minority discourse’ with one even providing an example of ‘minor writing’ as defined by Deleuze and Guattari (1975). -- Author's Abstract

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: 800 Literature & rhetoric > 823 English fiction
900 History & geography > 941 History of Ireland
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 12:24
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 11:49
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/484

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