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Body as Test

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Material Information

Title: Body as Test Narrative Structures and Gendered Identities in Three Novels by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Healy, Bryce Kieren
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2006
Publication Date: 2006

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Postcolonial Francaphone Literature
Metanarrative
Gender Performance
Identiry Practices
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In this thesis, I examine the role of narrative structures on reformulations of embodied identity in three novels by Moroccan-born Francophone author Tahar Ben Jelloun (L�Enfant de sable, La Nuit sacr�e, and La Nuit de l�erreur) where bodies, gendered identities, and texts themselves are subject to narrated reinterpretations. Dominant ideologies, founded upon binary dichotomies, are challenged and subverted in these texts through narrative mediation and renewal. In Chapter One, I examine the role that narrative structures such as metanarrative, ontological instability, and the dominance of orality play in the interrogation of traditional conceptions of text, with a particular emphasis on the role of the halqa (the circle surrounding the public storyteller). In Chapter Two, I analyze how, using the ontological alignment of the female body with the text, Ben Jelloun questions, in turn, similar issues of the stability and integrity of the body, and revels the body to be, like the text, fluid, unstable, and actively constructed through narrative mediation. Chapter Three demonstrates how the performed nature of all bodies applies to their accompanying gender roles and is held against the essentialist doctrines which dispossess the (female) other in patriarchal discourse. Finally, I conclude with a brief analysis of how Ben Jelloun�s treatment of gendered identity serves as an allegory for postcolonial identity.
Statement of Responsibility: by Bryce Kieren Healy
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2006
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Van Tuyl, Jocelyn

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2006 H4
System ID: NCFE003644:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003644/00001

Material Information

Title: Body as Test Narrative Structures and Gendered Identities in Three Novels by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Healy, Bryce Kieren
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2006
Publication Date: 2006

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Postcolonial Francaphone Literature
Metanarrative
Gender Performance
Identiry Practices
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In this thesis, I examine the role of narrative structures on reformulations of embodied identity in three novels by Moroccan-born Francophone author Tahar Ben Jelloun (L�Enfant de sable, La Nuit sacr�e, and La Nuit de l�erreur) where bodies, gendered identities, and texts themselves are subject to narrated reinterpretations. Dominant ideologies, founded upon binary dichotomies, are challenged and subverted in these texts through narrative mediation and renewal. In Chapter One, I examine the role that narrative structures such as metanarrative, ontological instability, and the dominance of orality play in the interrogation of traditional conceptions of text, with a particular emphasis on the role of the halqa (the circle surrounding the public storyteller). In Chapter Two, I analyze how, using the ontological alignment of the female body with the text, Ben Jelloun questions, in turn, similar issues of the stability and integrity of the body, and revels the body to be, like the text, fluid, unstable, and actively constructed through narrative mediation. Chapter Three demonstrates how the performed nature of all bodies applies to their accompanying gender roles and is held against the essentialist doctrines which dispossess the (female) other in patriarchal discourse. Finally, I conclude with a brief analysis of how Ben Jelloun�s treatment of gendered identity serves as an allegory for postcolonial identity.
Statement of Responsibility: by Bryce Kieren Healy
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2006
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Van Tuyl, Jocelyn

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2006 H4
System ID: NCFE003644:00001

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