The Flesh Made Word

The Flesh Made Word

Female Figures and Women's Bodies

Unknown - 1987
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Examining the works of such Victorian writers as the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Trollope, and Hardy, Michie discusses the codes and taboos which distance the reader from the female body, allowing 'safe' bodily parts - like hands - and 'safe' physical activities - like eating - to stand for other, unspeakable aspects of female physicality. She reveals how these codes function as safe textual spaces for the entrance of the seemingly excluded female body, and shows that in the stylized discourses of synecdoche, euphemism, physiognomy, and metaphor lie the possibilities of their own subversion.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (179 pages) : illustrations


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