The other as exclusion and self-exclusion in the novel Odin Mondvalsen by K. Trebeshina Cover Image

Koncepti i tjetrit si përjashtim dhe vetëpërjashtim tek "Odin Mondvalsen" i K. Trebeshinës
The other as exclusion and self-exclusion in the novel Odin Mondvalsen by K. Trebeshina

Author(s): Belfjore Qose
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Albanian Literature, Sociology of Culture, Theory of Literature, Sociology of Politics, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Univeristeti i Prishtinës, Fakulteti i Filologjisë
Keywords: the other; exclusion; heterotopia; belonging; absurdity;

Summary/Abstract: The concept of the otherness in Albanian literature displays a unique and original dimension during the period of the dictatorship, at a time in which the other could be easily described by the confrontation with the political ideology. In this study we aim to analyze how the other is described through the character of Odin Mondvalsen, in the novel with the same title by K. Trebeshina. We will focus on the theoretical perspectives on the otherness and the different definitions of it as a literary term, by distinguishing it from the sociological function of the word, by setting the relations between the other and exclusion. In the novel Odin Mondvalsen the concept of the other is created by two ways, as exclusion from the society by isolating the individual in an asylum and also as a self-exclusiveness by the character, who makes this clear by changing his name/identity. The structure of our paper will be organized by the study that these two ways of dealing with the other. This paper will include interpretations on the reversed reality of the Trebeshina’s characters, where the identification with the other becomes the only way to survive the human values. Polyvalence of the image of the madman (the other, the stranger) in this system becomes a key to interpret being the other as the only way to be free. The madhouse functions as heterotopia in Michel Fuko’s terms, functioning as a mirror (a false, a utopian mirror) of the real world. To analyze the causes of the creation of the other, in the case of “Odin Mondvalsen”, we will be using the reverse narration in terms of Genette, in order to understand the causes by the consequences. The Methodology used in this study will combine analytic criticism, theories of interpretation and comparative methodology, based mostly on theoretical bases of Bauman, Derrida, Foucault, Eliade, Genette Barthes etc.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 35
  • Page Range: 773 - 783
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Albanian