This project seeks to examine how an autofictional novel can reflect surveillance in a totalitarian society. We have chosen to analyse the novel The Fox Was Ever the Hunter (Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger) written by the Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Müller. She lived in Romania under the regime of the dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and has based her novel partly on her own experiences of ‘the Ceaușescu era’. By analysing the metaphorical concepts and the narration of the novel, we found surveillance to be one of the leading topics.
Since the novel is autofictional, we attempt to use it to understand how the author, Müller, shows everyday life under the strict regime that existed in this country in the late 1980's, and especially how people react to the constant surveillance in society. These observations are held together with the philosopher Michel Foucault's theory on self-sustainable surveillance systems – both his definitions on 'the disciplinary society' and 'Panopticon' are used to reflect different aspects of how Müller portrays society and surveillance.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor|
|Vejledere||Sophie Engberg Sonne|