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Resistance to the Discourse of Death in <i>Nothing to Be Frightened of</i> by Julian Barnes in the Light of Michel Foucault

Author(s): Soudabe Gholami

Journal: Studies in Literature and Language
ISSN 1923-1555

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Discourse of death | Nothing and discourse of nothingness | Discourse of literature | Power/knowledge | Resistance | Docile bodies

This research traces the Foucauldian notion of resistance in Julian Barnes’ Nothing to Be Frightened of. The paper is an in-depth analysis of resistance to the discourses of death and nothingness and this resistance is shown through three different levels; These levels are the discourse of literature, the title and the narrative. The narrative also shows resistance in three different forms as dismissing a God-ruled universe, bodily experiences and memories. Considering the book as either a fiction or a semi-autobiography, the analysis can manifest some interesting notions concerning the discourse of literature including the narrative and the title as a form of resistance to the discourse of death.Key words: Discourse of death; Nothing and discourse of nothingness; Discourse of literature; Power/knowledge; Resistance; Docile bodies

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