Yıl 2015, Cilt 13, Sayı 1, Sayfalar 1 - 12 2015-04-06

THE SUMMER OF EXPLORATION BEFORE RETURNING TO THE DARK

Doç. Dr. Meryem AYAN [1]

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Doris Lessing, a Persian born British woman writer, regarded as one of the most important post-war writers in English literature. In her novel The Summer Before The Dark (1973), hailed as a modern feminist novel, she dealt with the pressures of social conformity, pain of aging and mental breakdown that a woman undergoes while searching for freedom, self awareness and questioning her domestic responsibilities. Kate Brown aged 45, the central character of the novel, sets on a psychological and imaginative journey, revealing the dilemma between fact and fiction, conscious and unconscious because of the alternation of her dreams with her experiences. Each experience, turning into an exploration, brings excitement into her life, helps her understand herself and confront with her past during the experience in summer before the dark in which Kate rejects the stereotypes of femininity believing that her conventional clothes do not fit her anymore. However, what Kate finds out about herself, in parallel with her dreams in which she sees “a wounded seal,” appalls her and brings her face to face with herself and her fears of aging, loneliness and death in the summer of exploration. Thus, this study aims to present, within the framework of a psychoanalytic criticism, the psychological journey of a woman who questions her experiences and explores her self-awareness in parallel with the dreams she has seen during the summer of exploration before returning to the dark
Doris Lessing, a Persian born British woman writer, regarded as one of the most important post-war writers in English literature. In her novel The Summer Before The Dark (1973), hailed as a modern feminist novel, she dealt with the pressures of social conformity, pain of aging and mental breakdown that a woman undergoes while searching for freedom, self awareness and questioning her domestic responsibilities. Kate Brown aged 45, the central character of the novel, sets on a psychological and imaginative journey, revealing the dilemma between fact and fiction, conscious and unconscious because of the alternation of her dreams with her experiences. Each experience, turning into an exploration, brings excitement into her life, helps her understand herself and confront with her past during the experience in summer before the dark in which Kate rejects the stereotypes of femininity believing that her conventional clothes do not fit her anymore. However, what Kate finds out about herself, in parallel with her dreams in which she sees “a wounded seal,” appalls her and brings her face to face with herself and her fears of aging, loneliness and death in the summer of exploration. Thus, this study aims to present, within the framework of a psychoanalytic criticism, the psychological journey of a woman who questions her experiences and explores her self-awareness in parallel with the dreams she has seen during the summer of exploration before returning to the dark.
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APA AYAN, D . (). . , 13 (1), 1-12. DOI: 10.18026/cbusos.86548
MLA AYAN, D . "". 13 (): 1-12 <http://dergipark.gov.tr/cbayarsos/issue/4078/53861>
Chicago AYAN, D . "". 13 (): 1-12
RIS TY - JOUR T1 - AU - Doç. Dr. Meryem AYAN Y1 - 2015 PY - 2015 N1 - doi: 10.18026/cbusos.86548 DO - 10.18026/cbusos.86548 T2 - Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi JF - Journal JO - JOR SP - 1 EP - 12 VL - 13 IS - 1 SN - 1304-4796-2146-2844 M3 - doi: 10.18026/cbusos.86548 UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.18026/cbusos.86548 Y2 - 2019 ER -
EndNote %0 Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi %A Doç. Dr. Meryem AYAN %T %D 2015 %J Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi %P 1304-4796-2146-2844 %V 13 %N 1 %R doi: 10.18026/cbusos.86548 %U 10.18026/cbusos.86548
ISNAD AYAN, Doç. Dr. Meryem . "THE SUMMER OF EXPLORATION BEFORE RETURNING TO THE DARK". Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi 13 / 1 (Nisan 2015): 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.18026/cbusos.86548