“But I Have that Within Which Passeth Show”

By Nayyer Iqbal Ali Chandella.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Character’ dispersal and fragmentation are the subject of much literature. Long before Freud, monistic definitions of self were being supplanted by hypotheses of dipsychism (dual selves) and polypsychism (multiple selves). There has been a discursive explosion in recent years around the concept of ‘identity’, within a variety of disciplinary areas, all of them, in one way or another critical of the notion of an integral, and unified identity. The metaphor of the theater is the best metaphor for this multiplicity. We are actors of many roles, and we are authors of a multiplicity of texts depending on our audience and our goals. Do we wear masks? What are they made of? Why do we wear them. Is there a mask and a face, or is it that the mask is the face with another mask behind the mask? - Is this the madness of a mirror room with reflections, and we are these reflections, a picture reflecting another picture, a mirror reflecting another mirror? -Are we a copy of no origin(al)? Where’s the origin(al)? Deconstruction dealt a lot with the idea of lost origin...whether or not we can write ourselves freely from the restraints and limitations of orgin(nality). Many theorists have explored the shifting boundaries of subjectivity. I will examine the contributing issues and experiences in identity development. I shall try to study the roots of contemporary conceptions of discontinued, fragmented identity. In order to do that, I shall explore compositions that contain features attributed to multiple selves.

Keywords: Dipsychism and Polypsychism, Metaphore of Theater, Masks, Multiple Selves

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.61-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 573.312KB).

Dr. Nayyer Iqbal Ali Chandella

Researcher, Islamabad, Pakistan

Nayyer Iqbal Ali Chandella holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Karachi University. She has taught literature and language at senior Cambridge level, has to her credit international publications in the areas of interest: creativity, poetry, second language learning &literature. Her research interests encircle ways and means of teaching language by focusing on literature. She is an internationally published poet as well.


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