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Irony in the prose of Dubravka Ugrešić


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Korljan Bešlić, Josipa. (2015). Irony in the prose of Dubravka Ugrešić. PhD Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Comparative Literature.
(Poslijediplomski doktorski studij književnosti, izvedbenih umjetnosti, filma i kulture) [mentor Škvorc, Boris].

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This doctoral thesis analyses irony in the prose of Dubravka Ugrešić via exploration of its origins and causes. The central thesis is twofold: firstly, it is that irony is the core and the constructive force of Dubravka Ugrešić prose writings, which differentiates her from other Croatian female authors (i.e. ecriture feminine) from 1970s onwards. Secondly, it is that literary irony can be a used as a powerful tool, opening possibilities to consider the institutionalization of new societal structures, the ones that lead towards the practice of the right to be different and the acceptance of the Other which is one of the central topics that Ugrešić explores in her prose. This leads to consideration of various elements that constitute contemporary identity politics. The first part of the thesis is based on the theories of phenomenology and deconstruction, followed in the central part by various theories of irony, contemporary theories of culture and feminist theory and therein posited (de)construction of irony in Ugrešić's prose. These proceedings provide the framework for the final part of the thesis which concentrates on the new emerging societal structures. Therefore, a place is opened for further discussions on the possibilities of a new paradigm of culture, as well as on prospective writers with similar usages of irony in Croatian literature.

Item Type: PhD Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: irony, Dubravka Ugrešić, feminism, postmodernism, popular culture
Subjects: Comparative literature
Slavic languages and literatures > Croatian language and literature
Departments: Department of Comparative Literature
Supervisor: Škvorc, Boris
Additional Information: Poslijediplomski doktorski studij književnosti, izvedbenih umjetnosti, filma i kulture
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 11:09
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2016 11:09

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