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The Return of Self-Identity

Author DongZuo
Tutor ChenJianHua
School East China Normal University
Course Comparative Literature and World Literature
Keywords Orhan Pamuk Quest Identity Return
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Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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Orhan Pamuk, the winner of 2006 Nobel prize for literature, is a world-famous Turkish author. He is praised by researchers for his writing characteristic which contains both Eastern and Western culture factors. The center theme of his novels is "indentity", that is the crisis of self-identity and cultural identity of Turks in the reform of traditional and modern society. This thesis attempts to bring the concept identity to the motif of "quest" to analyse the searching of self-identity in Pamuk’s two Novels Black Book and The New Life, in order to explore the identity view of Pamuk. The self-identity here includes two aspects:One is individual identity which represented by the protagonists in the novels, the other is collective identity which comprised by the whole Turkish nation.I will use the method of close-reading to analyse the loss of individual and collective identity;the attemption of ideal identity constructing through imitation and murder;and the center topic of Pamuk’s novels:the culture appeal of return to one’s own self-identity.The research meaning of the "the return of identity"in Pamuk’s novel is that the loss of collective identity and multiculture is a significant problem faced by almost every nation in the background of globalization. By analysis the ambivalent of traditional culture and modern civilization in his writing; the compare of pure local identity and hybrid identity; the explore of reappearing and inheriting of national culture and so on, it can promote us to think about the same dilemma of our own nation.

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