Chelsea van Deventer

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title




Identity is primarily concerned with distinction: distinctions between one and the other, between the individual and its surroundings, between the origin and the output. Identities are formed, in many ways, through opposition: "I'm this because I'm not that". However, even in the case of binary oppositions or dualities, meaning seems to emerge and shift in ways that begs the question of what identity is at all. This thesis explores how identity shifts between dualisms, showing that the "line between one and the other" is not as straightforward as it seems.