Browsing by Subject "Desire in literature"
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- Item"A Coming On and a Coming Forth": Desire, Space, and Becoming in "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"(2012) Gaffney, Victoria; Finley, C. Stephen
- ItemFixing Lolita: Reevaluating the Problem of Desire in Representation(2006) Ratcliffe, Laura; Stuber, DorianThis thesis examines desire in Nabokov's Lolita in order to explore the nature of representation and to suggest another way to read this controversial text.
- ItemGenerations of Desire: Belle Reprieve and the “Beautiful Dream” of Blanche DuBois(2018) Abbott, Clara; Reckson, Lindsay Vail, 1982-
- ItemHer Body, Her Self: Negotiating Social Expectation and Desire in Jane Austen's Persuasion(2014) Esaa, Farida; Mohan, RajeswariJane Austen's final novel poses the question of an analogy between bodily and mental frames and this essay explores the extent and nature of the connection between mind and body as rendered by the text. Recent critical conversations discuss the way Anne's body is objectified by gazes, the way that sensations and bodily movement in Persuasion figure and facilitate romance, and the way that the blush communicates shame. Building upon this scholarship, I argue that Anne's body is the site of self-knowledge that facilitates a process of understanding her desires and resisting social expectation. Kathleen Stewart's concepts of "bloom space" and worlding are useful as a manifestation of the dynamic process of coming to know oneself, while D.A. Miller's concept of "Austen Style" provides a foundation for an analysis of the ways that social expectations and pressure are established by the narrative. With these theoretical frameworks, I discuss how depictions of liminality and movement are a narrative strategy for communicating the desire and anxieties that inform Anne's self-understanding. I also attend to gazes, physical appearances, physical sensations, and physical manifestations of affect as signals of self-understanding as well. Through the emerging confidence and sense of self that comes from attention to her body, Anne is ultimately able to defy social expectations and pursue her romantic desire for Captain Wentworth. By considering the capacity of one's body to be the site of understanding one's place in the world, I believe that Persuasion challenges twenty-first century readers to think about the social expectations and opportunities for self-knowledge that are created or denied by new forms of disembodied communication and social media.
- ItemSeeing What We Want (to Live): Gazing and Detail in Cheri and The Age of Innocence(2002) Hart, Jayme; Roberts, Deborah H.
- Item“Still, it was a kind of language between us”: Desire, Identity and Ethics in ‘Nausicaa’(2013) Cohen-Carroll, Natasha; Sherman, DeboraThis thesis examines the ways in which desire is constructed in the Nausicaa chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses, paying specific attention to how the characters’ past trauma or vulnerabilities inform these desires. Through their exchange, Gerty is able to control Bloom’s lust and be desired free from the shadow of her physical disability, while Bloom is offered the chance to reaffirm his manhood, an especially delicate matter due to the end of his sexual life with Molly. The experience in a sense mends these traumas, as it places them both sexual beings in the world, engaged in a reciprocal exchange. The episode testifies to a form of mutuality and communication, and, above all, to the acknowledgement that there was a “kind of language between us.” The encounter is furthermore characterized by Gerty’s attention to Bloom and by the fulfilling nature of their exchange, and can be seen as a moment of responsibility towards the other. While the exchange is undoubtedly imperfect, we might consider viewing it in terms of Levinas’s conception of alterity and responsibility. Using Levinas’s works, the thesis examines the ethical nature of their exchange: Bloom’s and Gerty’s alterity is preserved throughout, and is in fact the basis for their self-actualization. Through being recognized and acknowledged by the “Other”, both Bloom and Gerty leave their encounter with a more fluid and nuanced vision of their own identities. Indeed, Bloom and Gerty take an active role in shaping their identities and formulating their desires. Beyond the expression of their sexual desire, their encounter provides an open space of self-realization and mutual understanding, in which they can work through these traumas, and suture tears in their identities.
- ItemThe Self Undone : [transgressive desire in Gide and Baldwin](1999) Duck, J.T.