Transcultural Perspectives- Perspectives transculturelles
Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Martin Löschnigg and Yvonne Völkl
En raison de son passé colonial, la culture canadienne a été façonnée par des influences françaises et britanniques ainsi que par d’autres cultures européennes. Cependant, à partir de la deuxième moitié du 20
Ewelina Bujnowska: Le roman historique québécois, l’héritage européen et la mémoire à la fin du XXe et au début du XXIe siècle
Natalia Kaloh Vid 90 I suggest that in Bezmozgis’s fiction the characters’ self-perceptions do not stem from strong personalities but rather rely on the outside world: Berman’s childless neighbors find a sense of identity through their precious dog; Mark’s parents hope to establish their place in life with the help of a wealthy Canadian family; Mark’s father’s identity is inseparable from his past and former success in the Soviet Union. In Bezmozgis’s fiction, there are no rules of how identity should or must be constructed. Identity is not depicted as something stable and clearly defined, but as flexible and elusive. In negotiating and problematizing the identity issue, Bezmozgis views the establishing of identity as a continuous and sometimes misleading process that cannot be reduced to static categories. However, he also shows the way in which a misunderstood concept of identity results in disappointment and personal tragedy. Works Cited ANDRUSZKO, Czes�aw (1993): Zhizneopisanie Babelia Isaaka Emmanuilovicha. Pozna�: Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza. BEZMOZGIS, David: Natasha and Other Stories. London: Vintage 2005. Bezmozgis on the Jewish question. The Baltic Times. Apr 12, 2006, http://www.baltictimes.- com/news/articles/15102/ GIDDENS, Anthony: Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Cambridge: Polity Press 1991. KUVANOVA, Lidia (1965): “Furmanov i Babel”. Literaturnoe nasledstvo 74, 500-512. LÖSCHNIGG, MARIA: “Linking Worlds – Linking Stories: Canadian Short Story Cycles and the Experience of Migration”. – In: Maria and Martin Löschnigg (eds.): Migration and Fiction: Narratives of Migration in Contemporary Canadian Literature. Heidelberg: Winter 2009, 135-152. RUBIN, Rachel:...
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