The Unhomeliness of Home: The Representation of Home in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner

  • 鄭 維芝

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


When we think of home the term is generally associated with the configuration of a place of security stability and above all a place that endows one with the sense of belongingness However it is imperative to consider the sense of belongingness that one obtains from home is always underscored by a sense of unhomeliness As a matter in fact the space we referred to as “home” is built upon the pattern of inclusion and exclusion that dictates our affiliation to home Therefore “home” is equally hostile as the sense of belonging we obtain from being at home is always threatened by the possibility of expulsion from home This thesis reads the problematic representation of home in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner as a rejection to a unitary notion of home while seeking for a reconceptualization of home Amir’s retrospective narration divulges home as an ideologically constructed discourse where the inhabitants are compelled to conformity Also The Kite Runner reveals how the displacement from home unsettles one’s sense of identity and belongingness to home which in turn instills a sense of newness to the reconfiguration of the very of notion of home
Date of Award2016 Aug 23
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorShuli Chang (Supervisor)

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