Author

Matt Plavnick

Date of Defense

4-15-1998

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Jil Larson

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Richardson

Third Advisor

Stuart Dybek

Abstract

In all of Kundera's writing there is the search, the yearning, to understand more of the world around us~specifically around Kundera. His fiction deals both with the lives of people caught up in this world, some happily, some miserably, each undeniably held by human constraints, and also with how these people are affected by their natural constraints. His critical writing offers further examination and theory about these constraints: what they are, specifically, how they work, and how they affect people. With this comes a detailed assessment of our epoch, which he calls "The Modern Era," and the phenomena that characterize it, most notably the "terminal paradox."

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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