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Title: ALIENATION IN THREE AMHARIC NOVELS: Fik'ir iskä Mäk'abir, Adäfris and Kadmas Bašagär
Authors: TAREKEGN, MISRAK
Advisors: Dr. Yimer Kifle
Copyright: 2002
Date Added: 19-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The aim of this thesis, "Alienation in three Amharic novels: Fik'ir iskä Mäk'abir, Adäfris and Kadmas Bašagär,'' is to explore the way human nature and social relationship are treated in the selected three novels from the perspective of Marx’s theory of alienation. By way of investigating the notion of alienation this research exposes how the consciousness of an individual formulates his/her world view that is the overall perception of one’s social position. In this regard an attempt has been made to show how the past controls the present and the extent of human freedom. In order to reveal these points the different aspects of alienation are displayed with subtitles such as, alienation of man from man, alienation from self, dereified consciousness, education and alienation and intellectual alienation. This study has five chapters. The introduction explains why the topic is chosen. It also shows the aim, method, scope and significance of the research. The second chapter reviews available studies that have relations with the research topic. This includes both published and unpublished works. In this chapter the framework of analysis is also presented, beginning from the etymology of the term alienation, its intellectual development, Marx’s concept of alienation and the application of the notion after him. v The third chapter examines the different aspects of alienation in Fik'ir iskä Mäk'abir . The discussion shows alienation from the self in terms of prohibition to express one’s social and biological natures. When examining the alienation of man from man it investigates the world view of people through the notion of reified consciousness. It further reveals how this concept leads to the ‘biologising’ of human relationship. These two notions reveal how the society perceives of the man-made principles as natural. People who are non-conformists to the rules and regulations of the community are studied under the notion of ‘dereified' consciousness. The fourth chapter concentrates on the features of alienation in Adäfris. Again the alienation of man from man is examined in terms of reified consciousness. People who are aware of the artificiality of the social systems are presented under the notion of ‘dereified' consciousness. This chapter also examines modern education and alienation that are exhibited in Adäfris. The fifth chapter explores how alienation is manifested in Kadmas Bašagär. The alienation of man from man is examined through the ‘biologising’ of human relationship. It also investigates different aspects of reified consciousness. There is also a discussion regarding intellectuals and their conflicting positions in the society. In the conclusion, what the research reveals about the concept of alienation in relation to the three novels is summarized. Finally, the lists of references used in the thesis are put forward
Description: A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN LITERATURE
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/618
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