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2021-02-14 at 15:34:34
Drobot Irina-Ana from Technical Univeristy of Civil Engineering Bucharest
will present Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf and The Sweetshop Owner by Graham Swift: Towards Individualism
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to compare the novels Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf and The Sweetshop Owner by Graham Swift based on ideas of Woolf’s essay On Being Ill. Illness means isolation, and thus contemplation of one’s life and moments of revelation. The characters move towards what Hofstede named individualism, by leaving aside the collectivist culture’s rules.
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British and Commonwealth Literature

2021-02-14 at 16:07:14
Bobaru Nicolae from West University of Timișoara (Romania)
will present Chance and Unpredictable Events in the Postmodern Sea Novel
Abstract
In the present study we demonstrate that William Golding’s novels forming the sea trilogy To the Ends of the Earth represent examples of postmodern sea fictions which deal with the constant rethinking of the narrative through a subversive repetition of motifs rooted in the tradition of the picaresque, the Bildungsroman and the travel novels.
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British and Commonwealth Literature

2021-02-14 at 16:10:42
Cristina & Liviu-Augustin Chifane from PhD, Independent Scholars
will present The Relativism of Truth and Memory in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (2015) and Julian Barnes’ The Only Story (2018)
Abstract
Both Kazuo Ishiguro and Julian Barnes forge deep into the human mind by questioning the absolutism of love and truth. In The Buried Giant (2015) and The Only Story (2018), the two writers share the impact of traumatic events on the characters’ (re)actions. This article relies on a comparative analysis tackling the psychological consequences of trauma and the memory’s power to reconstruct the past. Finally, the aim is to explore the narrative means used to reflect traumatic memories and the nature of the influence exerted on the narrator’s reliability.
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British and Commonwealth Literature

2021-02-14 at 16:15:54
Curr Jililan from University of Western Australia
will present Honour and Muslim Masculinities in Elif Shafak’s Honour
Abstract
In post 9/11 honour crimes are often associated with Muslim patriarchal societies, however, Elif Shafak’s more nuanced exploration of gender in Kurdish/Turkish traditional communities provide the background to a changing landscape between modernity and tradition, extremism and Sufism. This paper will investigate the role of performative subordinate and hegemonic masculinities in the production of honour.
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Gender Studies

2021-02-14 at 16:19:31
Șerb Adela Daniela from Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
will present The Rigid Caste System in Mulk Raj Anand’s Novel Coolie
Abstract
Anand’s novel Coolie (1936) takes the readers to the vibrant core of humanity and makes them experience the characters’ grief. His novel is socially conscious and focuses on the lowest strata of Indian Society. The author uses the reform of India’s political, social, and cultural institutions as major elements in his writings, dramatizing the cruelties suffered by coolies.
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British and Commonwealth Literature