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dc.contributor.authorCheng, Yingen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-28T20:57:41Z
dc.date.available2016-12-30T06:46:59Z
dc.date.issued2011-08-31en_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 7745446
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/29519
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the interplay between the nation-state model, the metaphors of family and body, and the effects of global capitalism on the individual body. Using The Edge of Heaven and Dirty Pretty Things as case studies, I argue that changes to and ruptures in the nation-state model can be correlated with the transformations taking place in the nuclear family unit from which the "national family" draws its symbolic force. Furthermore, looking at the films through frameworks produced within political philosophy and literary theory, I suggest that the commodification of the individual body within the nuclear family unit attests to the pressures that global capitalism exerts on all persons, particularly those outside the protective borders of citizenship, thus forcing their entrance into the market as commodities without regard for the ethics of the transformation from person to good.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectBare lifeen_US
dc.subjectglobalen_US
dc.subjectcapitalismen_US
dc.subjectmigranten_US
dc.subjectUndocumenteden_US
dc.subjectcolonialismen_US
dc.subjectmarketen_US
dc.subjectCommodityen_US
dc.subjectbodyen_US
dc.subjectnationen_US
dc.subjectfamilyen_US
dc.titleThe Political Life Of The Merely Living In Fatih Akin'S The Edge Of Heaven And Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Thingsen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish Language and Literature
thesis.degree.grantorCornell Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameM.A., English Language and Literature
dc.contributor.chairAnker, Elizabeth Susanen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCuller, Jonathan Dwighten_US


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