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Alienation in Constant's «Adolphe»

An Exercise in Structural Thematics

Godelieve Mercken-Spaas

This study takes the theme of alienation as the research nucleus of analysis. Alienation is a classificatory device rather than an ideological or philosophical idea; it serves as an «architheme» which is broken up into concrete manifesting units. These units are semantically and syntactically investigated. The study also exemplifies possible methods of criticism, it is thus critical and metacritical.