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Performativity, subjectivity and gender : an inquiry into the applicability of theoretical concepts to Muriel at Metropolitan by Miriam Tlali

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dc.contributor.advisor Ryan PD, Prof en
dc.contributor.author Barker DA en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:54:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:54:13Z
dc.date.created 2001 en
dc.date.submitted 2003 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/141595
dc.description.abstract The dissertation presents and explores a mode of literary studies, which bypasses the question of literary value, and instead aims to assess how and where creative writing challenges hegemonic norms (that is, its political value). In so doing, it reflects on the practice of literary studies per se, and the mechanism(s) by which discourse can impact on subjecthood. The exploration entails the application of certain theoretical tools (concepts) in a reading of a literary work. The primary concepts employed are: performativity, subjectivity and gender. The dissertation seeks to read Muriel at Metropolitan (Tlali 1994) as a performative act, that is, a discursive event which re-enacts the practice of fictional writing and thereby extends (and possibly changes) the convention of creative writing. If it is true that creative writing is performative, that it partakes in the making of the individual, then it is important to study such writing in order to discover the consequences for the subject. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Prose literature and fiction en
dc.title Performativity, subjectivity and gender : an inquiry into the applicability of theoretical concepts to Muriel at Metropolitan by Miriam Tlali en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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