Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Discontinuity is a key feature of modernity, seen in both the modern city and modernist thought, and plays out particularly strongly in relation to the concept of identity. This project begins with Walter Benjamin’s studies of modernism and the concept of distraction or shock effect, which inhibits a person’s space and time for contemplations. Such rupture is also crucial in discourse and being, according to Maurice Blanchot’s work on interruption. By harnessing interruption as a positive, structuring force rather than battling it as a negative, the fiction of Gérard Gavarry invites reflection on the supposed continuity of language and form, and calls attention to the disparate elements of its construction. An attempt at recovering a cohesive sense of identity can be found in the post-colonial renovation of cosmopolitanism; this effort, however, ultimately comes up short as it does not take into account the full problematic of its modern context.
Rogers, Katina Lynn, "Identity Crisis: Modernity and Fragmentation" (2006). Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 2.