How do we see ourselves? How do we see each other? Questions of identity feature largely in our everyday lives: Advertisements try to sell us things to improve our lives because “they fit us”. A particular set of clothes is turned into a brand which a group of people uses to identify who belongs to them and who does not. In literature, too, questions of belonging somewhere – to a group, to a people, to a nation – are discussed widely, though this is sometimes not apparent from the very outset. In this volume, four essays discuss questions of identity and gender, of identity and nationality in English, Irish and Canadian/Sri Lankan texts ranging from the early nineteenth to the twentyfirst century.
Publication Type: Anthology
Publication Category: Universitätsdrucke
1. Introduction (Pages 7-10)
2. Lord Byron’s Descendants: The Byronic Hero in Lady Caroline Lamb, Charlotte Brontë, and Ellen Wood as a Feminine Critique of Constricting Gender Roles in the Nineteenth Century (Pages 11-101)
3. Indian Diamonds in Victorian Fiction: Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds, R. L. Stevenson’s “The Rajah’s Diamond” and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four (Pages 103-191)
4. The Construction of Identity in Northern Ireland: Hybrid States, Nationalism, and Images of Violence in Contemporary Northern Irish Novels (Pages 193-279)
5. Transnational Identities in Michael Ondaatje’s Fiction (Pages 281-352)