By Daphne Grace
"Articulations and expressions of gender may be destabilising, transgressive, innovative and radical, encompassing either a painful legacy of oppression and a joyous exploration of latest experience." Analysing key texts from the nineteenth to twenty first centuries, this publication explores various British and Anglophone authors to contextualise women's writing and feminist conception with ongoing debates in realization stories. Discussing writers who attempt to redefine the gendered international of "sexualized" area, no matter if inner or exterior, psychological or actual, this ebook argues how the "delusion" of gender distinction could be addressed and challenged. In literary idea and in representations of the feminine physique in literature, id has more and more develop into a moving, a number of, renegotiable-and controversial-concept. whereas acknowledging old and cultural structures of sexuality, "writing the body" needs to finally include wisdom of human attention. right here, an figuring out of attention from modern technological know-how (especially quantum theory)-as the basic construction block of life, past the body-allows precise insights into literary texts to clarify the matter of subjectivity and what it potential to be human. together with dialogue of subject matters resembling feminism and androgyny, business enterprise 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 technique as a way of fathoming the "enigma" of recognition.
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Extra resources for Beyond Bodies: Gender, Literature and the Enigma of Consciousness (Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Volume 38)
Ultimately, however, the writers’ explorations fall within the dynamics of how the quotidian limitations imposed upon gender may be transcended through inner progression from ignorance to a more profound, satisfying, wisdom. Charlotte Brontë’s novels in general are renowned for their ability to combine the sexual with the supernatural (Showalter 1977: 104) a blend of genres also true of Emily’s sole novel. Their writing juxtaposes the mundane with intensely redolent otherworldly metaphor. Both sisters create a vibrant new mode of feminine writing that merges the sexual and spiritual: creating a “volcanic literature of the body as well as of the heart” (Showalter 1977: 104).
Being united, they transcend the limitations of partial awareness and incomplete knowledge. Qualia, rasa and moral responsibility The discussion of the subjectivity of rasa inevitably raises further associations with the philosophical concept of qualia in consciousness studies, since, as intrinsic properties of inner mental experience qualia are ineffable and yet a central part of defining inner or introspective states (Dennett 1991). Qualia and rasa theory both deal with the quality of subjective experience and how such variable distinctions in appreciation or evaluation interact with consciousness and self-awareness.
Yet in contrast, Emily’s poem “The Prisoner” clearly describes her own experience of “eternal liberty” through transcending all “outward sense” to pure consciousness: When, if my spirit’s sky was full of flashes warm, I knew not whence they came, from sun or thunder storm. But first, a hush of peace--a soundless calm descends; The struggle of distress and fierce impatience ends. Mute music soothes my breast—unutter’d harmony That I could never dream, till earth was lost to me. Then dawns the Invisible; the unseen its truth reveals; My outward sense is gone; my inward essence feels; Its wings are most free--its home, its harbour found, Measuring the gulf, it stoops, and dares the final bound.