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2016 | 40 | 1 |
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Memory and the Splitting of the Self in John Banville’s The Sea

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This article explores the problem of the self in The Sea by John Banville. The narrator’s professed lack of a stable identity coexists with a multiplication of his different “selves.” It is argued that the splitting of the self in Banville’s novel is more complicated than the split between a narrating self and the subject of narration, common to retrospective first-person narratives. Due to the intensely visual and time-defying nature of his memory, the protagonist seems to revive the past and achieves the sense of a simultaneous existence as two beings. The narrator’s need to locate himself at a fixed point in his narrative, combined with his inability to adopt a definitive perspective, results in a permanent erosion of identity.
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Der Band enthält die Abstracts ausschließlich in englischer Sprache.
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Том содержит аннотацию только на английском языке.
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40
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1
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2016
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2016-07-27
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