Reference : Forbidding Bodies: Avatars of the Physical in the Work of Janet Frame
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Forbidding Bodies: Avatars of the Physical in the Work of Janet Frame
Delrez, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Littérature anglaise moderne et littérature américaine >]
World Literature Written in English
National Institute of Education
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[en] Janet Frame ; New Zealand literature
[en] The human body is hardly presented as a site of desire in the work of Janet Frame, who sees it first of all as an index of decrepitude and destruction and as a reminder of mortality. In the context of the social realist criticism often brought to bear on the novels, Frame's disintegrating body has also been metaphorized as indicative of her obsession with the decay of a culture lacking the resources to regenerate itself. However, it can be argued that a more positive (utopian) drive operates within the work, so that the fading body derives an unexpected significance by virtue of its being in touch with eclipsed dimensions clamouring for ontological and epistemological reclamation.
CEREP (Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherches en Etudes postcoloniales)
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