Space, Time and Identity in "In One Person" by John Irving

By Majed Hamed Aladaylah.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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The contemporary American novel has witnessed tremendous formulations in the techniques of narration. It has created new spaces, impressions, and different technical styles to liberate and modify the old representation of narration. Many American novelists have created new voices and discourses which address issues of sexuality, gender, identity, emancipation, and quest for liberation. This study examines and explores space, time, and identity in John Irving’s "In One Person" (2012). It investigates the narrative experimentation as a mode of representation to reflect the dilemma of individual freedom and choice. The novel offers insights into adopted and dominant stereotypes of sex and sexuality in the American society. Irving’s response to this dilemma is given by his protagonist who becomes the new creator of his own world by shaping fresh values, lives, and realities reflected in the reshaping of the narrative representation.

Keywords: Sexuality, Narrative, Identity

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.39-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 17, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.509KB)).

Dr. Majed Hamed Aladaylah

Associate Professor, English Department, Mutah University, Al-karak, Jordan