Corporeality in Mercè Rodoreda’s Literature
Acknowledgements ix List of Abbreviations xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Textual Body 11 In Between Places: The Location of Rodoreda’s Literary Corpus 12 Feminism and Rodoreda 18 Body Theory: Reading Corporeality in Rodoreda’s Literature 22 Chapter 2 Body as Surface 31 Scopic Regimes: Challenging Spectatorship in Turn-of-the-Century Catalan Painting 37 Carving Out an Ideal Female Form: Interrogating the Aesthetics of the Catalan Nation in the Early Twentieth Century 47 Performing Patriarchy’s Anxieties: The Femme Fatale as Multiple Sexual and Political Other 67 Chapter 3 Body and Space 81 Lived Enclosures: Performing Domesticity in Mirall trencat 89 Retracing the Urban Map: The Body of the Prostitute as Writer of the Urban Text 100 viii Chapter 4 Coerced Bodies 121 The Male Gaze as a Form of Aggression: The Struggle Towards Embodied Vision and Public Visibility 130 Torture Space: The Unmaking of the World and the Destruction of Language 146 Chapter 5 Bounded Bodies, Embodied Liminalities 159 The Inside In: Contained and Legitimate Bodies 165 Reclaiming Desire: The Monstrous and Abject Materiality of Voice 171 Against the Power of the Norm: (Dis)obedient Bodies 178 Porous Boundaries: The Threat to the Integrity of the Subject and the Collective 184 The Spectacle of the Monstrous: Embodied Liminalities 197 Conclusion 203 Bibliography 207 Index 219
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