The Flesh Made Word: Female Figures and Womens Bodies

Paperback | February 15, 1990

byHelena Michie

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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 thedepiction 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 aconsideration 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 Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell, Trollope, Hardy, Adrienne Rich, Olga Broumas, Audre Lorde, and Louise Gluck.

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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 thedepiction of women in such activities as eating an...

Helena Michie is at Rice University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 0.55 inPublished:February 15, 1990Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195060814

ISBN - 13:9780195060812

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"An invigorating analysis of vital significance to both Victorian studies and feminist theory....Will potentially alter the way we read Victorian culture."--Choice