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Rewriting The Body: Desire, Gender And Power In Selected Novels By Angela Carter Julia Simon

Rewriting The Body: Desire, Gender And Power In Selected Novels By Angela Carter

Julia Simon

Published January 1st 2004
ISBN : 9780820476513
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280 pages
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The body has become a highly contested, political site in (post) modern literature and literary theory. In Angela Carters work the image of the body is constructed around the tension between a post-structuralist notion of gender fluidity and aMoreThe body has become a highly contested, political site in (post) modern literature and literary theory. In Angela Carters work the image of the body is constructed around the tension between a post-structuralist notion of gender fluidity and a feminist reclaiming of the female body as a source of pleasure and power. This study examines the body politics in the last four novels Carter wrote between the seventies and the nineties: The Infernal Desire Machines, The Passion of New Eve, Nights at the Circus and Wise Children. Drawing on feminist and poststructuralist theory, it traces a development in Carters fiction that moves from the pessimistic negation of a self-determined female corporeality to the assertion of the female body as a powerful site of alterity.