Bearing west, seeking east: crisis, renewal and the construction of self in the fiction of Andreï Makine

Ann Elizabeth Morgan

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Abstract

This thesis examines the East-West presence that punctuates Andrei Makine's fiction from 1990 to 2011. Early interest in Makine's writing dichotomises East-West, in its European context, between a romanticised West, France, and an
unsophisticated East, the Soviet Union. To invigorate current scholarship, I argue that Makine employs East-West as a poetic form to voice his literary vision, which is to explore identity construction, its crises and resolutions, under various guises: Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet, national, emigre, and adolescent. By employing East-West to analyse the mythopoetic aesthetic of Makine's oeuvre, this thesis provides an original framework for considering the author's poetico-philosophical vision.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date18 Jul 2016
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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