May 25, 2024
Omid Amani

Omid Amani

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D in English Literature
Faculty: Literature and Human Sciences


Title Desire, Nomadism, and Becoming in Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Type Article
Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Gilles Deleuze, Desire, Becoming
Journal Journal of English Literature and Cultural Studies
Researchers Ghiasuddin Alizadeh، Omid Amani


Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter has been characterized so far as depicting characters who are trapped in American south and display isolation and alienation. Presumably, her characters include tomboys, false revolutionaries, and outcasts with eccentric worldviews. However, a deep-down analysis of the characters in the novel along with a tinge of skepticism toward McCullers’ previous criticism makes it clear that her characters in this novel can be examined through new perspectives. Through a new reading of McCullers’ characters, it is argued in this article that McCullers’ characters are more or less sites of vitalities as well as new possibilities and this can be made through Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy and his concepts including becoming, desire, and nomadism. This new reading to unravel some overlooked aspects of McCullers first novel and entails that instead of considering McCullers characters including, Mick Kelly, Jake Blount, and Dr. Copeland as social outcasts, we may deem them as nomads who offer new possibilities of desire to bring some change to their societies and finally set foot on the road toward becoming.