Publication Date

April 2018

Advisor(s)

Matthew Burnside

Major

English

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis explores the relationship between individual agency and postmodern ideology in Haruki Murakami?s novel Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. It looks at the novel?s split narrative form, which it then uses to inspect the ideological trial of its two protagonists, and lastly it offers a psychoanalytical reading of their two concluding ideologies. In doing so, this thesis posits that Murakami?s novel places negative value on the psychological subversion socio-political powers wage on the cyborg?s psyche. By reading the two narratives as a cohesive unity, however, this thesis also posits that the novel suggests the cyborg can neutralize this subversion and wage a counter-subversion by controlling their own technology and using it to understand their self.

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