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Barani F, Hosseini-Maasoum S M. Valuation System and Self-Enhancement: Factual/Fictional Narrative of the Literary Author in Auster’s Man in the Dark. LCQ. 2015; 8 (30) :56-80
URL: http://journals.modares.ac.ir/article-29-9705-en.html
1- Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Payame Noor University
2- Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Payame Noor University
Abstract:   (2040 Views)
The application of self-valuation system within the framework of fictional/factual positioning can be remarkably useful in providing a new approach to the analysis of the relation between the novelist and his/her fictional hero. In this paper we are examining the valuation system of the protagonist of the novel Man in the Dark (2008) by Paul Auster. Based on Hubert Hermans’ Valuation Theory, we examine the meaning units and their affective connotations in the narratives of the protagonist/author during his factual storytelling and his fictional confrontation with his hero. Moreover, basic motives of self-enhancement and the contact and the :union: with others and finally their affective profiles are discussed based on the model presented in the paper, i.e. Virtual Fictional/Factual Positioning (VFP). The findings of this research truly indicate that the art of storytelling helps the protagonist to rebuild his own identity and fix the ruins of his past. The dynamics of fictional and factual positioning motivate the I-as-storyteller position, which could effectively overcome the challenges created by I-as-husband and I-as-creator-of-war position and eventually develop new positive perspectives for the future. 
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Article Type: practical | Subject: narratology
Received: 2015/03/3 | Accepted: 2015/06/22 | Published: 2015/07/19

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