Postmodernist and poststructuralist elements in Samuel Beckett’s "The Trilogy" and Oğuz Atay’s "Tehlikeli Oyunlar"

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The aim of this thesis is to analyse the postmodernist and poststructuralist elements in Samuel Beckett’s The Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable and Oğuz Atay’s Tehlikeli Oyunlar. One text from English literature and one from Turkish literature will be compared. In Beckett’s and Atay’s novels the main issues of postmodernism and poststructuralism such as subject-object dialectic, the metaphysics of presence, the correspondence theory of truth, origin, self, language, intertextuality and metafiction will be analysed. Both Beckett and Atay problematize the very nature of narrative and display the inefficiency of language, and they successfully create their own “expression of interface”. That is, Atay and Beckett do not try to imitate the “natural world” to reach “meaning” or “reality”; on the contrary, they create a world for the play of signifiers that can be called ‘interface’. In other words, both Beckett and Atay create a new sphere to show this problem of expression. This new sphere, which is narrated in their novels, is what the thesis will highlight.


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Citation Formats
H. Kaya, “Postmodernist and poststructuralist elements in Samuel Beckett’s “The Trilogy” and Oğuz Atay’s “Tehlikeli Oyunlar”,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2009.