Title

The Amorous Space Poised at the Edge of Chaos

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Year

1996

Abstract

The aim of this project is to illustrate the applicability of coplexity theory in the discussion of loving narratives found in Marguerite Duras' Hiroshima, Mon Amour and D. M. Thomas' The White Hotel. Both of these texts deal with the difficulty of constructing a love story in the contemporary world. On a number of levels, Duras and Thomas challenge traditional narrative construction through the blurring of textual demarcations. The first section analyses the reasons why complexity theory has been appropriated to discuss Duras and Thomas. The second section deals with the reconstruction of narrative and subject in the texts examined, with the objective of elucidating fractal borders and demarcations. The third section addresses the prevailing themes of death and mourning, using an aspect of complexity theory termed attractors. The final section concludes with an analysis of the amorous space constructed by Thomas and Duras as a dynamical system which lies on the edge of chaos. While these two texts differ significantly, they address the same question of the problematics and possibilities of telling a love story in the contemporary world.

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