‘The man I could have been’: masculinity and uncanny doubles in selected novels of Damon Galgut

Beyer, Carola (2015-03)

Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2015

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In this thesis I examine the portrayal of masculinity in selected works of Damon Galgut. Masculinities are read through the lens of the double and the uncanny as conceived by Freud and other scholars. The selected novels include The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs (1991), The Quarry (1995), The Good Doctor (2004), The Impostor (2008) and In a Strange Room (2010). In the introduction theoretical issues relating to masculinities, the double and the uncanny are discussed and a broad framework for the thesis is outlined. Subsequently each chapter discusses the representation of men and masculinities in the selected novels. Issues such as masculinity in the military, friendship amongst men, relationships with women, masculinity and apartheid, masculinity and whiteness and heterosexuality and homosexuality are discussed and explored through the lens of the double and the uncanny. Questions that emerge from this study are: What perspectives does Galgut offer of masculinities before and after apartheid? How do the men experience their political and social environment? How do the male characters in the novels interact with the female characters? What obligations do men and women have towards each other?:

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: In hierdie tesis ondersoek ek die uitbeelding van manlikheid in geselekteerde werke van Damon Galgut. Manlikhede word gelees deur die lens van die dubbelganger en die Unheimliche soos deur Freud en ander teoretici gekonsipieer. Die geselekteerde romans sluit in The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs (1991), The Quarry (1995), The Good Doctor (2004), The Impostor (2008) en In a Strange Room (2010). In die inleiding word teoretiese kwessies met betrekking tot manlikhede, die dubbelganger en die Unheimliche bespreek en ʼn breë raamwerk vir die tesis word uiteengesit. Daarna bespreek elke hoofstuk die voorstelling van mans en manlikhede in die geselekteerde romans. Kwessies soos manlikheid in die weermag, vriendskap tussen mans, verhoudings met vroue, manlikheid en apartheid, manlikheid en witheid, en heteroseksualiteit en homoseksualiteit word deur die lens van die dubbelganger en die Umheimliche bespreek en verken. Die volgende vrae word in die studie aangepak: Watter perspektiewe bied Galgut op manlikhede voor en ná apartheid? Hoe ondervind die mans hulle politieke en sosiale omgewing? Hoe gaan die manlike karakters in die romans met die vroulike karakters om? Watter verpligtinge het mans en vroue teenoor mekaar?

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