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Student Number 951202011
Author Jia-hong Xie(Á¨Χ»)
Author's Email Address cafelightsxie@gmail.com
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Department English
Year 2007
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document Master's Thesis
Language English
Title Nowhere Home:The Fantastic as the Literature of Desiring in Neil Gaiman¡¦s Neverwhere
Date of Defense 2008-06-27
Page Count 75
Keyword
  • desire
  • Jacques Lacan
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Neverwhere
  • Rosemary Jackson
  • the fantastic
  • the real
  • Abstract The present thesis will investigate the interrelationship between the fantastic and the psychoanalytical perspectives via reading Neil Richard Gaiman¡¦s first novel Neverwhere (1996), adapted from the original namesake BBC television serial. Taking cues from Lewis Carroll¡¦s Alice in Wonderland in which Alice accidentally enters a region of the unknown and the supernatural, Neverwhere, on the other hand, tells of a male protagonist, Richard Mayhew¡¦s fantastic yet uncanny journeying, down the city sewer into the ¡§London Below,¡¨ the buried and repressed past by the ¡§London Above,¡¨ or the everyday, familiar London by default. Rescuing a girl named Door from the street one night, Richard then becomes invisible, losing his home which turns out ¡§unhomely¡¨ in the London Above, compelled to go on the terra incognita of the Below. Observing the invisible cities of the multiple other which used to escape his unitary way of seeing, Richard¡¦s vision of the familiar/homely city gets blurred, defiant, and eventually tuned to scope of the real (as contesting/channeling the symbolic and the imaginary) in the Lacanian sense. Reading the fantastic as subversive to the present cultural order and power invigorated by Rosemary Jackson¡¦s theorization, this thesis hopes to voice the desire of the unseen and unspoken of culture, history, and modernity by facing the im/possibility of making visible the real.
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    Chapter One: Introduction¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K1
    Chapter Two:
    In Defense of the Fantastic: Neverwhere as a Method¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K14
    Chapter Three:
    The Homely into the Unhomely:Uncanny, the Real, and Desire in Neverwhere¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K40
    Chapter Four: Conclusion¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K69
    Works Cited¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K73
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    ---.  ¡§The Signification of the Phallus.¡¨ Écrits: A Selection. 281-91.
    ---.  ¡§Subversion of the Subject and Dialectic of Desire.¡¨ Écrits: A Selection. 292-325.
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    Yang, Tsung Hua. ¡§The Reconfigured Spatiality: Strolling the Un/Mappable London Spaces in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.¡¨ MA thesis. National Chengchi U, 2007.
    Advisor
  • Peng Yi(©öÄP)
  • Amie Parry(¥Õ·ç±ö)
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    Date of Submission 2008-07-15

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