THE IMAGE OF DREAM IN THE NOVEL THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE BY MICHEL FABER

Agata Buda, Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland;     Abstract: The paper discusses different images of dream in the postmodern literary work The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – the author who was born in the Netherlands, spent a lot of time living in Australia and finally moved to Scotland. The category of dream is presented in the novel from different perspectives: it is portrayed as the act of existence, fear of death, the way to express desires, the expression of pain and pleasure, as well as the idea constituting the construction axis of the novel. Faber presents a story of some Victorians from the postmodern point of view, using numerous techniques of narration, for instance: intertextuality, second-person narration, relying on a reader’s interpretation of events balancing between dream and reality etc. The concept of dream is easily interwoven into the construction of the novel, making it a truly complex and versatile piece of art.

Key words: dream and reality, intertextuality, postmodern narration

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