Time and Subjectivity in the Short Novel

Felix Calvino (2011). Time and Subjectivity in the Short Novel MPhil Thesis, EMSAH, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Felix Calvino
Thesis Title Time and Subjectivity in the Short Novel
School, Centre or Institute EMSAH
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-12
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Total pages 157
Total black and white pages 157
Language eng
Subjects 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Abstract/Summary Alfonso is a short novel set in Sydney between 1962 and 1971. The protagonist is a man from the northwest of Spain who migrates to Australia to escape poverty. When he arrives in Australia he confronts language problems homesickness and isolation. He works as a carpenter and eventually buys an old house in Surry Hills, unaware of the cost and commitment associated with old houses and feuding neighbours. When the house is finished he meets a woman and they fall in love, but the woman leaves for England. The story then traces his search for love and in the process he finds a way to belong in his new country. More than a love story, this is a novella about the migrant experience in which all that is known is forfeited in the search for material security. The critical essay examining two 20th century novellas: Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Alexander Solzhenitsyn's A Day in the Live of Ivan Denisovich. It will explore the ways in which the authors structure time. For instance, An Old Man and the Sea is set in the confines of a boat at sea over three days, whereas A day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich takes place in a concentration camp over 24 hours. The essay will draw on the discipline of narratology to examine how prolepsis and analepsis function in each novella. Finally, the conclusion summarises how the treatment of time in the other two books impact on the composition of Alfonso.
Keyword Novella
Migrants
Relationships
religion
Death
Superstition
Prolepsis
Analepsis

 
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