Construction and deconstruction of the nation and nationality in Kazuo Ishiguro’s an artist of the floating world and the remains of the day /

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This thesis focuses in a comparative manner on the ways in which the nation and nationality are foregrounded as constructs in Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World (1986) and The Remains of the Day (1989). The ways in which Ishiguro’s novels construct and deconstruct “Japaneseness” and “Englishness” will be explored in the light of the theories of Benedict Anderson and Homi K. Bhabha. The thesis will also focus on imperial national identity formation of the unreliable narrators in these novels, both of which conclude by the narrators’ disillusionment as a result of alterations in the ways in which the national community is imagined.


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H. Doğru Bakar, “Construction and deconstruction of the nation and nationality in Kazuo Ishiguro’s an artist of the floating world and the remains of the day /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.