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Dominantní kulturní narativy v románu Klára a Slunce

Title in English Master narratives in a novel Klara and the Sun


Year of publication 2023
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This paper will present an analysis of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Clara and the Sun in terms of how the narrative construction of the identity of the narrator Clara highlights the operation of dominant cultural narratives (master narratives) in the fictional world of the novel. The narrator, as an android, does not fall into the category of 'human', yet she displays signs of her own subjective identity beyond her programming. In fact, we can observe her evolving self-concept, emotions, and values based on her interaction with the entities of the fictional world. Although Clara's ability to act intentionally and independently is severely limited, she makes the master narratives which are applicable to the fictional world of the novel visible through her attitudes and actions. Specifically, these are the imperatives of career and "lifting" (genetic enhancement), which, in the spirit of exacerbated individualism, lead to the creation of a "value gap". The reader's field of vision thus includes questions concerning humanity and the direction of contemporary society.
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