The Identity Challenge in Toni Morrison's "Paradise"

dc.contributor.advisor Kathleen K. Hickok De Voss, Vida
dc.contributor.department English 2018-08-11T13:47:10.000 2020-06-30T02:36:55Z 2020-06-30T02:36:55Z Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2010 2013-06-05 2010-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>This thesis analyzes identity in Toni Morrison's "Paradise." I argue that identity is portrayed as informed by relationships of the self and the other. Relying on Lacan's notion of the mirror phase I point out that the other is depicted as mirrored in the self. Employing Levinas's notions of totality and infinity I highlight portrayals of the self mirrored in the other - as when the self views the other through the self's self-conception or worldview. I conclude that "Paradise" challenges the universal individual to consider and respond to his or her co-constructed identity with the other person.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines American Literature
dc.subject.disciplines English Language and Literature
dc.subject.disciplines Literature in English, North America
dc.subject.disciplines Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority
dc.subject.keywords Identity
dc.subject.keywords Lacan
dc.subject.keywords Levinas
dc.subject.keywords Paradise
dc.subject.keywords Responsibility
dc.subject.keywords Toni Morrison
dc.title The Identity Challenge in Toni Morrison's "Paradise"
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