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Title

HYPERREAL IDENTITY IN JOHN BARTH'S LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE

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NEZAMI MAHDI

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Abstract

 THIS RESEARCH IS INTENDED TO FOCUS ON HYPER-REAL IDENTITY IN JOHN BARTH'S CHARACTER, AMBROSE MENSCH, IN HIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES, LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE. THE WORK WITH MANY LAYERS ALLOW OF MULTIPLE INTERPRETATIONS. JEAN BAUDRILLARD'S SIMULATION IS ACHIEVED FOR THE IDENTITY OF THE AMBROSE'S CHARACTER. AMBROSE, THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THE BOOK, IS REGARDED AS A SAMPLE FIGURE OR AN EVERYMAN TYPE CHARACTER WHO TRIES DESPERATELY TO MAKE SENSE OF THE SIGNS AND MYSTERIES PROLIFERATING AROUND HIM, STILL HE CAN NEVER FULFILL HIS QUEST FOR HE IS STUCK AND TRAPPED IN A CHAOTIC WORLD WHERE THERE ARE NO STABLE STANDARDS INCLUDING FAMILY, FRIENDS, VALUES, OR MEANINGS TO HAVE A FIXED, UNCHANGEABLE AND SPECIFIED IDENTITY. ERTEN NOTES THE POSTMODERN TECHNIQUE IN BARTH'S WORK AND CONTINUES THAT BARTH’S WORK IS RICH WITH SYMBOLS WHICH ONE CAN MAKE USE OF MANY WAYS. THE COMPLEXITY IS CONVENIENT WITH THE CHARACTER OF THE NOVEL. THE NOVEL IS AN ALLEGORY OF MAN'S ENTANGLEMENT. AMBROSE GETS LOST AND BEGINS A MOCK, ARCHETYPAL QUEST, NOT INTO THE WILDERNESS OF NATURE BUT INTO THE MECHANIZED AEROSPACE PLANT OF A POSTMODERNIST INVERSION CAUSING TO SOME ENLIGHTENMENT. AN AMALGAMATION OF IDENTITIES FROM DIFFERENT ASPECTS INCLUDING AMERICAN DREAM IS OBTAINED FOR THE PROTAGONIST AS THE RESULT OF THE SIMULATION OF THE POSTMODERN AND CAPITALIST COMMUNITY.

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