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In search of an individual identity: A psychoanalytical examination of motivational forces behind the identity development of female characters in the selected works of Violette Leduc and Eileen Chang

Cheng, Helen Hui-Yueh (2017) In search of an individual identity: A psychoanalytical examination of motivational forces behind the identity development of female characters in the selected works of Violette Leduc and Eileen Chang. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:65904)

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Abstract

Violette Leduc (1907-72) and Eileen Chang (1920-95) are writers from different societies (France and China respectively) and distinctly different backgrounds. They are brought together in this thesis for their portrayal of women characters in pursuit of a sense of identity and fulfilment in societies where gender roles can function as pseudo-destinies, which can, to varying degrees, be relativized, questioned and resisted.

Feminist and psychoanalytic theories, as well as post-Maslowian perspectives help to throw light on the kind of obstacles to fulfilment which the women characters are portrayed as encountering.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Uncontrolled keywords: Violette Leduc, Eileen Chang, Feminism, Abraham Maslow, Psychoanalysis, identity development
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 12:10 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 15:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65904 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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Cheng, Helen Hui-Yueh.

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