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Desire, Gender and Power in Selected Novels by Angela Carter by

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Paperback, Published in Oct 2004 by Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN10: 3631533764 | ISBN13: 9783631533765

Page count: 280

The body has become a highly contested, political site in (post)modern literature and literary theory. In Angela Carter s 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 Carter s 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."

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