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The Flesh Made Word : Female Figures and Women's Bodies - Helena Michie

The Flesh Made Word

Female Figures and Women's Bodies

Paperback Published: 15th February 1990
ISBN: 9780195060812
Number Of Pages: 192

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Helena Michie's provocative new work looks at how women's bodies are portrayed in a variety of Victorian literary and non-literary genres--from painting, poems, and novels, to etiquette, books, sex manuals, and pornography. After identifying a series of codes and taboos that govern the depiction of women in such activities as eating and working, she then turns to the physical descriptions of Victorian heroines, focusing on those parts of their bodies that are erased, and on those that become fetishized in conventional description. Her vivid analysis moves forward in time with a consideration of 20th-century "second wave" feminism and a discussion of the poetics of the body as articulated by feminist writers on both sides of the Atlantic. Making use of feminist, poststructuralist, and psychoanalytic accounts of the figure of woman, and the relation of the body to the text, The Flesh Made Word offers fresh readings of works by writers as diverse as the BrontAs, Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell, Trollope, Hardy, Adrienne Rich, Olga Broumas, Audre Lorde, and Louise Gluck.

"Fascinating and often witty."--Critical Survey "Incisive....An exemplary work of committed scholarship."--Kirkus Reviews "The book abounds in fresh insights."--Library Journal "[An] impressive debut."--Women's Review of Books "An invigorating analysis of vital significance to both Victorian studies and feminist theory....Will potentially alter the way we read Victorian culture."--Choice "Fascinating and often witty."--Critical Survey "Incisive....An exemplary work of committed scholarship."--Kirkus Reviews "The book abounds in fresh insights."--Library Journal "[An] impressive debut."--Women's Review of Books "An invigorating analysis of vital significance to both Victorian studies and feminist theory....Will potentially alter the way we read Victorian culture."--Choice

Introduction: Constructing the Framep. 3
Ladylike Anorexia: Hunger, Sexuality, and Etiquettep. 12
Becoming Public Women: Women and Workp. 30
Calling and Falling: Vocation and Prostitutionp. 59
Body, Figure, Embodiment: The Paradoxes of Heroine Descriptionp. 79
Re-membering the Body: Feminist Theory and Representationp. 124
Notesp. 151
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780195060812
ISBN-10: 0195060814
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 15th February 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.02  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25