n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - The butler in (the) passage : the liminal narrative of Kazuo Ishiguro's : research article

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279



In hierdie artikel word Ishiguro se roman in oënskou geneem teen die agtergrond van Victor Turner se pelgrimstogteorie. Die artikel bevraagteken die oënskynlik vaste teenstelling tussen die strukturele rigiditeit van Stevens se situasie in Darlington Hall (sy posisie in die gang wat dui op sy situasie as huiskneg), en die liminale anti-struktuur van Stevens se lewensgang (in die verbygaan). Die artikel bring ook in berekening hoe die roman se tematiese inhoud onderstreep word deur liminale narratiewe tegnieke. Die intieme verhouding tussen inhoud en vorm word veral weerspieël deur die teks se struktuur en titel.

This paper considers Ishiguro's novel in the context of Victor Turner's work on pilgrimage, and seeks to interrogate the apparently fixed opposition between the structural rigidity of Stevens's position (his situation in the passage as an index of his situation as butler) at Darlington Hall and the liminal anti-structure of Stevens's journey (in passage). The article will then offer some speculation about how the novel's thematic preoccupations are underscored by liminal narrative techniques. This intimate relationship between content and form is reflected, in particular, in the structure and title of the text.

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