AFTER BABEL: IDENTITIES IN SEARCH OF NAME
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The paper deals with several aspects of creation and construction of identities in their discursive and historical versions. It looks over narrative tools, which allow ascending and descending symbolic projections, the basic correlation between stimulation and stored information, relations between self-identification and stereotype representation of the other and transposition of inside and outside literary projections. The analysis relates to two contemporary novels that question identification logic: 'Birds without Wings' by British novelist Luis de Bernieres and 'Middlesex' by American writer Jeffrey Eugenides that follow up formation of Turkish and Greek identity. The 20th century brought disintegration of empires, change in national stereotypes and emblems. We can examine this process in literary works in term of narrations or narrative voices. The both novels follow the process from the inside and 'innocent' perspective of victims, who left written and verbal records.
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