Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2011

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



"Text, Medium, Afterlife: Intertextuality and Intermediality in the Works of Yoko Tawada" examines the roles of personal and mass media technologies in the works of contemporary German-language author Yoko Tawada. The study analyses the author's prose fiction, wherein

the possibility of limitless textual permutations - an afterlife of the text - is accessed through a web of intertextual and intermedial associations. The expression of an individual voice against a

dominant culture's mass media mobilizes a discourse of networks which emerges from the creative gaps and apertures revealed by the author's deconstructive approach to language and literatures.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Stephanie Kirk

Committee Members

Elzbieta Sklodowska, Claire Solomon


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