Ramadan's Leaves through Dali's mirror of Narcissus. (c2011)

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dc.contributor.author Abdulsater, Zoha
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-13T11:50:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-13T11:50:31Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-12-13
dc.date.submitted 2011-09-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1041
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 70-73). en_US
dc.description.abstract This research carries out an interdisciplinary approach to comparative analysis which not only transcends historical, linguistic, and cultural boundaries, but also explores distinct art forms—namely Salvador Dalí‘s painting ―The Metamorphosis of Narcissus‖ and Sumaya Ramadan‘s novel Leaves of Narcissus. In a significant manner, Dalí‘s painting is an intertext within Ramadan‘s novel which mirrors a core concept in the novel that has been overlooked by critics and scholars-- the concept of pathological narcissism. Dalí‘s painting is employed as a lens through which the text of Ramadan can be viewed alternatively and innovatively. Through theories of psychoanalysis, especially Jacques Lacan‘s psychoanalytical insights, this thesis argues that the painting of Dalí functions as the mirror that reflects to Kimi, the novel‘s narrator/protagonist, her pathology caused by her failure to attain the social I and to ascend from imaginary fragmentation to symbolic unity, which was normally, if not successfully, achieved in Dalí‘s ―The Metamorphosis of Narcissus.‖ This study compares theoretically and structurally Sumaya Ramadan's novel with Dalí‘s painting. The core of the thematic aspect is representation of pathological narcissism and that of the structural model refers to Lacan's account of "the mirror stage" and of the repercussions, on personality development, of the inability to successfully steer through it. The structural analysis draws on the form of the image and its priority developmentally and, perhaps, as a form of expression. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Dali, Salvador -- 1904-1989 -- Metamorphosis of Narcissus en_US
dc.subject Dali, Salvador -- 1904-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Ramadan, Sumayyah -- Leaves of Narcissus en_US
dc.subject Ramadan, Sumayyah -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Comparative literature en_US
dc.subject Art and literature en_US
dc.title Ramadan's Leaves through Dali's mirror of Narcissus. (c2011) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Summer II en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200700764 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Cheryl Toman
dc.author.commembers Dr. Vahid Behmardi
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: viii, 79 leaves; col. ill.; 31 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Najla Hamadeh
dc.keywords Psychoanalysis en_US
dc.keywords Intertexuality en_US
dc.keywords Imaginary Order en_US
dc.keywords Symbolic Order en_US
dc.keywords Narcissism en_US
dc.keywords Painting/Image and Literature/Language en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2011.41 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8368-3617 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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