Posts by Elisa Sabbadin
Zadie Smith and M. Nourbese Philip: Narratives And Mythologies On Identity, Gender, And Language
Zadie Smith and M. Nourbese Philip: Narratives And Mythologies On Identity, Gender, And Language

Contemporary postcolonial literature is a wide and fruitful field of writing which engages in discourses of cultural identity. Often, these discourses are associated to other themes, such as language and gender. How do Zadie Smith and M. Nourbese Philip, two extraordinary contemporary women writers, position themselves in this field?

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Book Review: South And West by Joan Didion
Book Review: South And West by Joan Didion

South and West is Joan Didion's first release since 2011’s Blue Nights and as the subtitle (From a Notebook) indicates, this is less of a narrative and more of a collection of notes which the author took on two separate occasions during her road trips in the South (and West) of the United States in the 1970s.

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J. G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition and Trauma Narrative
J. G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition and Trauma Narrative

The way in which The Atrocity Exhibition captures the reality of the 1960s is not objective, but radically distorted and based on trauma. This reflection of cultural trauma is particularly powerful because basic elements of trauma narrative, especially fragmentation, are also identified as being part of the source of the trauma.

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Heart of Darkness: A Postmodern Reading
Heart of Darkness: A Postmodern Reading

Marlow, the protagonist of the novel, seems to make his way through perceptions and representations of reality, which he builds in what could be said to be, from a postmodernist point of view, a modernist approach and which he transcends in what could be said to be a postmodernist approach.

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I Wanted to Know What 'It' Meant: Kerouac's Search for Life On The Road
I Wanted to Know What 'It' Meant: Kerouac's Search for Life On The Road

Kerouac’s breathless run towards a non-identifiable destination, entwined with alcohol, drugs and sexual promiscuity and recounted in On the Road has sometimes been seen as an escape or a self-contradictory way to avoid reality, but is in truth an authentic and spiritual search in life and for life.

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Book Review: Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
Book Review: Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

The sixth novel by Haruki Murakami, and the sequel to A Wild Sheep Case, Dance Dance Dance deals with motifs and symbols which are not unknown to anyone who is familiar with the author. What does the immersion of the protagonist in the dark core of his being have to offer to anyone who is familiar with Murakami?

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