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Literary Attempts to Evade Control over Discourse:  Macedonian-English Comparative View

Literary Attempts to Evade Control over Discourse: Macedonian-English Comparative View

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This text examines how specific literary works undermine the common understanding of the notion of power. The interpretation of the selected literary works starts from Foucault’s theory of how potentially threatening discourse is controlled by the institutions of society, and this essay investigates how Foucault’s theory is applied within literature. On the other hand, the text also questions how literature alternates Foucault’s division between those who freely produce discourse and those who control this production of discourse. The selected poems and novels by three contemporary Macedonian and two contemporary English writers show how authorities abuse power to promote their aims and how individuals, who, according to some definitions of power are powerless, may on the contrary display another type of power that surpasses the power possessed by the ruling institutions.

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Maleska, K., (2012) “Literary Attempts to Evade Control over Discourse: Macedonian-English Comparative View”, Slovo 24(2).

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  • Published on 03 Oct 2012
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