By Daphne M. Grace
"Articulations and expressions of gender will 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 ebook explores a number of British and Anglophone authors to contextualise women's writing and feminist thought with ongoing debates in recognition reviews. Discussing writers who attempt to redefine the gendered global of "sexualized" area, no matter if inner or exterior, psychological or actual, this ebook argues how the "delusion" of gender distinction may be addressed and challenged. In literary thought and in representations of the feminine physique in literature, identification has more and more develop into a moving, a number of, renegotiable-and controversial-concept. whereas acknowledging historic and cultural structures of sexuality, "writing the physique" needs to finally include wisdom of human recognition. the following, an figuring out of recognition from modern technological know-how (especially quantum theory)-as the elemental development block of lifestyles, past the body-allows certain insights into literary texts to clarify the matter of subjectivity and what it capacity to be human. together with dialogue of issues reminiscent of feminism and androgyny, corporation 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 method as a way of fathoming the "enigma" of realization.
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Chapter Two Forging roads into consciousness: rasa and the influence of emotion in Wuthering Heights “To you I am neither man nor woman,” writes Charlotte Brontë in response to harsh criticism in a letter from England’s Poet Laureate Robert Southey, which informs her that: “Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life, and it ought not to be” (in Gaskell 1857). The novels of the Brontë sisters can be read as an oeuvre of fiction by women not only concerned with female empowerment (as here, defending her right to be considered equally) but with articulating a vibrant and rebellious “feminine” consciousness through writing.
For over a century, critics have discussed almost every possible interpretation of the novel, the characters, symbols and structure of the plot, and the novel’s place within twin traditions of gothic horror and high Romanticism. Yet it remains an enigmatic novel. The interpretation offered in this chapter focuses on the novel’s effect on the reader, and how the violent extremes of emotion, crystallized within the imagery, ultimately have a positive and uplifting impact rather than a negative one.
The poem, “Last Lines” delineates her vision of loss, death and the non-changing: Though earth and man were gone, And suns and universes ceased to be, And thou were left alone, Every existence would exist in Thee. In another poem, “The Old Stoic”, Brontë voices her prayer for “In life and death a chainless soul/ With courage to endure”. Liberty, as for Catherine and Heathcliff is a boon only available through death. Emily, however, also contemplates the role of Conscience and repentance, (in “Self-Interrogation”) two qualities apparently devoid of meaning for the delinquent protagonists of her novel.