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

By Daphne Grace

"Articulations and expressions of gender could be destabilising, transgressive, progressive and radical, encompassing either a painful legacy of oppression and a joyous exploration of latest experience." Analysing key texts from the nineteenth to twenty first centuries, this ebook explores a number British and Anglophone authors to contextualise women's writing and feminist conception with ongoing debates in awareness reviews. Discussing writers who attempt to redefine the gendered international of "sexualized" area, even if inner or exterior, psychological or actual, this e-book argues how the "delusion" of gender distinction may be addressed and challenged. In literary concept and in representations of the feminine physique in literature, identification has more and more turn into a transferring, a number of, renegotiable-and controversial-concept. whereas acknowledging old and cultural structures of sexuality, "writing the body" needs to eventually contain wisdom of human awareness. the following, an realizing of recognition from modern technological know-how (especially quantum theory)-as the elemental development block of life, past the body-allows precise insights into literary texts to clarify the matter of subjectivity and what it capacity to be human. together with dialogue of themes comparable to feminism and androgyny, business enterprise and entrapment, masculinities and masquerade, madness and emotion, and person and social empowerment, this research additionally creates a full of life engagement with the literary procedure as a way of fathoming the "enigma" of attention.

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This explanation is clearly relevant here to our initial understanding of Wuthering Heights and the process of its most powerful effect on the reader. The characters in the novel glimpse the transcendent in the wilderness of moors and mountains, in a pantheistic communion with nature—as Emily Brontë’s poetry suggests the author did herself. Heathcliff in fact is nature, for he is “heath”, the moors, and “cliff”, the peak represented most vividly in the text by the projecting phallic symbol of Penistone Crag, which dominates the whole landscape of the action.

Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake”, claims James. “We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources. In some persons this sense of being cut off from their rightful resources is extreme […],” yet it becomes a “habit of inferiority to our full self” and “that is bad” (James qt in Wilson 2009: 201). So how can experiences of consciousness be capable of transforming everyday life? In further tackling this question, this text will approach authors such as Virginia Woolf, who critically enunciate gender ambiguities while wrestling with the nature of consciousness, famously creating new modes of expression and style.

Blackmore 2005b: 118-9) Thus linking qualia, subjective conscious appreciation of experience, with the most fundamental levels of physical existence and aesthetics is most apposite here. As a result of rasa, the mind is taken in the direction of this most fundamental level of nature, which physicists have also argued to be the level of pure consciousness—the level from which consciousness becomes conscious of its own nature. It is a level of self-referral, of knowing itself—a deeper, more refined level of the mind than the intellect or ego, where the knower, the known and the process of gaining knowledge are one and the same.

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