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Encounter with alterity: Emmanuel Levinas's ethics and the novels of Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes
This dissertation proposes to conceive a new relation between literary modernism and ethics by addressing three novels from the perspective of Emmanuel Levinas: Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), Virginia ...
The character of attention: Temporality and marginality in the Victorian novel
"The Character of Attention: Temporality and Marginality in the Victorian Novel" analyzes how Victorian novelists manipulate temporality as a means of encouraging or discouraging attention to marginalized characters and ...
The politics of necessity: Negotiating the future in American literary naturalism
This dissertation explores the representation of time as an inscrutable force in turn-of-the-century American literary naturalism. It addresses how naturalist authors manipulate the tropes of fate, accident and the machine ...
Consequence, sociality, and capitalism: Temporality in "Wuthering Heights" and "Past and Present"
This thesis argues that alternatives offered to competitive, atomistic ideologies of capitalist liberalism are problematized by capitalist conceptions of temporality, which have a tendency to allow the present to subsume ...