Abjection, Melancholia, and Revolt in Russell Banks’s The Reserve (2008).
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This research paper explores a psychological study of Russell Banks’s novel entitled The Reserve (2008).The study relied on Julia Kristeva’s psycho-poetical theory, and drew on some of its significant concepts such as Abjection, Melancholia, and Revolt that are mirrored through The Reserve’s characters. Focus has been laid on the analyses of the psychological state of the main characters and their bizarre and unexpected behaviors. Yet our dissertation was not restricted to a superficial study of Banks’s characters but we have also go deeper into their journeys that were undertaken to search a stable and unique identity. Analysis revolved around what makes them suffer to achieve their expected goals and on their shifting from abjection to melancholia and then to a psychological revolt. This study has reached some of the following conclusions. The first one is that all humans are searching for an identity of their own even though they come from different environments, classes, and witnessing different experiences. The second conclusion is that all the subjects in process revolt to get out from depression but Revolt differs from one subject to another.
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