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Alienation, Belonging and Englishness in Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia: how can these words be understood according to cognitive linguistics?
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay was to investigate three complicated concepts, alienation, belonging and Englishness, found in the novel of Hanif Kureshi, The Buddha of Suburbia. These were categorized according to cognitive linguistics using frames and scripts. The result of the investigation showed that frames are useful categories when categorizing the concepts, but the use of scriptsto present sequences of actions and reactions cannot be seen as useful. The whole frame of belonging was evoked in the novel, but not the frame for Englishness or the one for alienation. The frame of Englishness shows, like a recipe, how to be English, whereas alienation and belonging are chains of actions and reactions. The three concepts are related, because being alienated or belonging to Englishness, is an important issue in the text. Those who are alienated from Englishness and try to belong, are the ones highlighted in the novel

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, frames, scripts, cognitive linguistics, The Buddha of, Suburbia
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-45481ISRN: LTU-CUPP--10/066--SELocal ID: 32b73ea0-6aa8-46cc-adb3-0ee27fe2cf43OAI: diva2:1018772
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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