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Volume 3 Issue 4

December 2017

The Confessional Novel: Its Form, Aesthetics and Themes (Guilt, Immersion and Surfacing)
Dr. Diamond Oberoi Vahali , 
Associate Professor, 
School of Letters, 
Ambedkar University, 
Delhi, Delhi, India
This paper begins by offering a comparison between religion and psychoanalysis in terms of offering methods of cleansing and purging dark human emotions and acute feelings of violence and guilt. It moves on to offer a brief history and the origins of the genre of the confessional novel and also theorizes on the form and the specific aesthetics of this genre. The form of the confessional novel is fragmented as it emanates from a disturbed, disintegrated psyche. The paper offers a brief analysis of a few significant confessional novels. It finally discusses how the self of the protagonist can undergo a transformation and can evolve and emerge in the presence of a non-judgmental listener/reader.
Self; Violation; Guilt; Fragmentation; Transformation; and Emergence.
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