John Banville's "Shroud" : a deconstructionist’s confession

2013
journal article
article
1
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dc.abstract.enThis article analyses John Banville’s novel Shroud as the protagonist’s autobiography which both follows and resists the confessional mode. Axel Vander, an ageing famous academic and champion of deconstruction, faces the necessity to confront his real self, although he spent his entire academic life contesting the concept of authentic selfhood. Alluding to the infamous case of Paul de Man, whose deconstructionist theories have been reinterpreted in the light of the revelation of his disgraceful wartime past, Banville’s novel presents a man who veers between the temptation to fall back on his theories in order to uphold a lifelong deception, and the impulse to reveal the truth and achieve belated absolution. The article examines Vander’s narrative as an attempt at a truthful account of his life, combined with the conflicting tendency to resist self-exposure. Despite the protagonist’s ambivalent and selfcontradictory motivations, his account of his life belongs to the category of confessional writing, with its accompanying religious connotations. It is argued that the protagonist’s public denial of authentic selfhood is linked to his private evasion of moral culpability.pl
dc.affiliationWydział Filologiczny : Instytut Filologii Angielskiejpl
dc.contributor.authorKucała, Bożena - 129626 pl
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-28T09:24:14Z
dc.date.available2015-07-28T09:24:14Z
dc.date.issued2013pl
dc.date.openaccess0
dc.description.accesstimew momencie opublikowania
dc.description.number2-3pl
dc.description.physical93-102pl
dc.description.publication0,56pl
dc.description.versionostateczna wersja wydawcy
dc.description.volume48pl
dc.identifier.doi10.2478/stap-2013-0009pl
dc.identifier.eissn2082-5102pl
dc.identifier.issn0081-6272pl
dc.identifier.projectROD UJ / Ppl
dc.identifier.urihttp://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/14122
dc.languageengpl
dc.language.containerengpl
dc.participationKucała, Bożena: 100%;pl
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dc.share.typeotwarte czasopismo
dc.subject.enJohn Banvillepl
dc.subject.enPaul de Manpl
dc.subject.endeconstructionpl
dc.subject.enautobiographypl
dc.subject.enconfessionpl
dc.subtypeArticlepl
dc.titleJohn Banville's "Shroud" : a deconstructionist’s confessionpl
dc.title.journalStudia Anglica Posnaniensiapl
dc.typeJournalArticlepl
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cris.lastimport.wos
2024-04-09T18:41:17Z
dc.abstract.enpl
This article analyses John Banville’s novel Shroud as the protagonist’s autobiography which both follows and resists the confessional mode. Axel Vander, an ageing famous academic and champion of deconstruction, faces the necessity to confront his real self, although he spent his entire academic life contesting the concept of authentic selfhood. Alluding to the infamous case of Paul de Man, whose deconstructionist theories have been reinterpreted in the light of the revelation of his disgraceful wartime past, Banville’s novel presents a man who veers between the temptation to fall back on his theories in order to uphold a lifelong deception, and the impulse to reveal the truth and achieve belated absolution. The article examines Vander’s narrative as an attempt at a truthful account of his life, combined with the conflicting tendency to resist self-exposure. Despite the protagonist’s ambivalent and selfcontradictory motivations, his account of his life belongs to the category of confessional writing, with its accompanying religious connotations. It is argued that the protagonist’s public denial of authentic selfhood is linked to his private evasion of moral culpability.
dc.affiliationpl
Wydział Filologiczny : Instytut Filologii Angielskiej
dc.contributor.authorpl
Kucała, Bożena - 129626
dc.date.accessioned
2015-07-28T09:24:14Z
dc.date.available
2015-07-28T09:24:14Z
dc.date.issuedpl
2013
dc.date.openaccess
0
dc.description.accesstime
w momencie opublikowania
dc.description.numberpl
2-3
dc.description.physicalpl
93-102
dc.description.publicationpl
0,56
dc.description.version
ostateczna wersja wydawcy
dc.description.volumepl
48
dc.identifier.doipl
10.2478/stap-2013-0009
dc.identifier.eissnpl
2082-5102
dc.identifier.issnpl
0081-6272
dc.identifier.projectpl
ROD UJ / P
dc.identifier.uri
http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/14122
dc.languagepl
eng
dc.language.containerpl
eng
dc.participationpl
Kucała, Bożena: 100%;
dc.rights*
Udzielam licencji. Uznanie autorstwa - Użycie niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych 3.0 Polska
dc.rights.licence
CC-BY-NC-ND
dc.rights.uri*
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/legalcode
dc.share.type
otwarte czasopismo
dc.subject.enpl
John Banville
dc.subject.enpl
Paul de Man
dc.subject.enpl
deconstruction
dc.subject.enpl
autobiography
dc.subject.enpl
confession
dc.subtypepl
Article
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John Banville's "Shroud" : a deconstructionist’s confession
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Studia Anglica Posnaniensia
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JournalArticle
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