Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621310
Title:
Alone at Home: Alienation in Ragtime
Authors:
Quinton, Rachel
Abstract:
This analysis looks at E.L. Doctorow's novel, Ragtime. Throughout the work, Doctorow hints at the blurring of belonging in reality in Pre-World War I America, resulting in alienation. Using a Marxist and Postmodernism lens, this essay focuses on alienation that functions on two levels - the dissociation of the individual from social belonging and through a coercive superstructure of media that separates characters from historical reality. The characters in Ragtime, both in the central family and outside, can identify with at least one level of alienation. By observing the characters through these lenses, it becomes apparent how they are shaped by their alienation. In this context the characters within the novel Ragtime serve as an example of alienation manifested through a dissociation from reality and organized by a coercive media beholden to a capital economic pressure. This observation highlights the value of identity and how the media can affect the way others look at "the reality" behind such identities. It also considers the extent of how media integrates itself into daily life and how this influence is controlled by the base of all society: the economy. Doctorow's book suggests there is a separation of truth from media, and reality from identity.
Affiliation:
Department of English & Foreign Languages
Issue Date:
Mar-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621310
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Description:
Presentation given at the 18th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference
Appears in Collections:
Department of English and Foreign Languages: Student Research and Presentations; Department of English and Foreign Languages: Student Research and Presentations; 18th Annual PKP Student Research and Fine Arts Conference: Oral Symposia III

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorQuinton, Rachelen
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-06T19:53:22Z-
dc.date.available2017-03-06T19:53:22Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621310-
dc.descriptionPresentation given at the 18th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conferenceen
dc.description.abstractThis analysis looks at E.L. Doctorow's novel, Ragtime. Throughout the work, Doctorow hints at the blurring of belonging in reality in Pre-World War I America, resulting in alienation. Using a Marxist and Postmodernism lens, this essay focuses on alienation that functions on two levels - the dissociation of the individual from social belonging and through a coercive superstructure of media that separates characters from historical reality. The characters in Ragtime, both in the central family and outside, can identify with at least one level of alienation. By observing the characters through these lenses, it becomes apparent how they are shaped by their alienation. In this context the characters within the novel Ragtime serve as an example of alienation manifested through a dissociation from reality and organized by a coercive media beholden to a capital economic pressure. This observation highlights the value of identity and how the media can affect the way others look at "the reality" behind such identities. It also considers the extent of how media integrates itself into daily life and how this influence is controlled by the base of all society: the economy. Doctorow's book suggests there is a separation of truth from media, and reality from identity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectDoctorow, E. L.en
dc.subjectRealityen
dc.subjectLiterary Analysisen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectMedia Studiesen
dc.titleAlone at Home: Alienation in Ragtimeen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of English & Foreign Languagesen
dc.description.advisorHoffman, Todden
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