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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 sodes of the Atlantic. Making use of feminist, poststructuralist, and psychoanalytic accounts of the future of women, and the relation of the body to the text, The Flesh Made Word offers fresh readings of works by writers as diverse as the Brontës, Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell, Trollope, Hardy, Adrienne Rich, Olga Broumas, Audre Lorde, and Louise Gluck.
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Helena Michie is at Rice University.From Library Journal:
Michie argues that the body of the fictional Victorian heroine is the "locus of representation and textuality" for feminist readers. She examines these fictional bodies in relation to food, hunger, work, and prostitution and considers general problems of heroine description in an era which mandated that most of a woman's body should be "erased" from a text. The final chapter concludes that contemporary feminist poets who seek to present women's bodies "unmediated" by male desire often trap themselves in mirror images of what they seek to avoid. The book abounds in fresh insights, but Michie's examples are too few and too brief to bear the weight of her generalizations. Nonetheless, recommended for women's studies and Victorian literature collections. Barbara J. Dunlap, City Coll. Lib., CUNY
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