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The Voice of the HeartThe Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination$
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G. Peter Winnington

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310225

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314391

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Identity

Identity

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(p.151) 7 Identity
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The Voice of the Heart
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310225.003.0008

This chapter examines the treatment of identity in Mervyn Peake's work. For Peake, the act of making a drawing or painting is an existential statement of identity, an expression of his self. He is in search of his ‘elemental name – [his] root name as an artist’. This core activity of seeking to establish, affirm, and maintain a sense of identity runs throughout Peake's work, especially the Titus books. However, as Peake did not manage to take his hero into adulthood, his main emphasis falls on the adolescent stage of this quest.

Keywords:   identity, Titus, adolescents, self

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