Discourse of resistance: Reading hysteria in Hardy, James, Dickens, and modern anorexia.
AuthorMahbobah, Albaraq Abdul.
Committee ChairHogle, Jerry
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractDiscourse of Resistance explores the representation of the mad woman in Nineteenth Century literary texts by such authors as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, and in modern Freudian psychoanalysis. Generally, in those representations, the figure of the mad woman appears as the outsider to a representational system which fails in representing her: her madness reveals the limits of the logical systems that govern representation; her language shows the failure of the censor; and her body mocks the codes of medicine and hygiene. In Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hysteria appears as a textual space which marks both the representational system's attempt at containing the female subject and her resistance to it. The Anorexia essay extends the scope of the study by analyzing the limits of the psychoanalytic representation of the women who suffer from this disease. In effect, each specific case studied reveals the representational systems' attempt to repression and containment, an attempt which only succeeds to a certain extent.