Beyond Bodies: Gender, Literature and the Enigma of by Daphne Grace

By Daphne Grace

"Articulations and expressions of gender might be destabilising, transgressive, innovative and radical, encompassing either a painful legacy of oppression and a joyous exploration of recent experience." Analysing key texts from the nineteenth to twenty first centuries, this booklet explores more than a few British and Anglophone authors to contextualise women's writing and feminist idea with ongoing debates in realization reports. Discussing writers who attempt to redefine the gendered international of "sexualized" area, no matter if inner or exterior, psychological or actual, this booklet argues how the "delusion" of gender distinction may be addressed and challenged. In literary thought and in representations of the feminine physique in literature, id has more and more develop into a transferring, a number of, renegotiable-and controversial-concept. whereas acknowledging historic and cultural structures of sexuality, "writing the body" needs to finally contain wisdom of human attention. right here, an figuring out of awareness from modern technological know-how (especially quantum theory)-as the basic development block of life, past the body-allows exact insights into literary texts to explain the matter of subjectivity and what it potential to be human. together with dialogue of issues equivalent to feminism and androgyny, organization and entrapment, masculinities and masquerade, madness and emotion, and person and social empowerment, this learn additionally creates a full of life engagement with the literary procedure as a method of fathoming the "enigma" of realization.

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The warm, womb-like kitchen is the sanctuary of most the central characters at some point in the story, including both Catherines, Nelly Dean and even Lockwood. It is a space from which Heathcliff is frequently banished, and in which he is alien, unwelcome, and uncomfortable. Despite being referred to here as “Heathcliff’s house” it is primarily with female consciousness that the edifice of Wuthering Heights is associated. For the elder Catherine, the house represents not only her home on earth, but also that in the after-life, and hence it is there that she struggles in vain to reach from her window in her fit of madness, and there that Heathcliff is finally reunited with her.

The power of their desires even thwarts the one law of nature thought to be immutable. They are the rebellious “transgressors” of the gothic novel genre (Graham 1989: 231), who survive through self-assertion and self-definition and ultimately triumph on a metaphysical level. Being united, they transcend the limitations of partial awareness and incomplete knowledge. Qualia, rasa and moral responsibility The discussion of the subjectivity of rasa inevitably raises further associations with the philosophical concept of qualia in consciousness studies, since, as intrinsic properties of inner mental experience qualia are ineffable and yet a central part of defining inner or introspective states (Dennett 1991).

The narrative journey through the images of emotion and their resulting flavour within the conscious mind, but beyond the senses, leads eventually to the inner self of Forging roads into consciousness 55 the reader. Rasa, is in fact “the manifestation […] of the intrinsic bliss of the Self”, whereby basic human emotions are freed from attachment to the ego, “like a mirror cleaned of dirt”, which is then able to “reflect the bliss of the self” (Ramachandran 1980: 101). Finally, within the text, Brontë’s image of the window swinging open as the rain lashes in upon Heathcliff’s smiling corpse (while being eerily foreshadowed in the similar scene with Lockwood at the novel’s start) is symbolic of the fact that he has at last broken through to another, happier, state of being.

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