Dis/figuration in the stories of Jean Stafford

Hanson, Clare (2001) Dis/figuration in the stories of Jean Stafford. Yearbook of English Studies, 31, (1), 109-117. (doi:10.2307/3509377).


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This article explores the complex relationships between bodily change and psychic disturbance as represented in the stories of Jean Stafford. It is argued that Stafford is intensely aware of the significance of the material body in the formation of identity. Drawing on Freud's concept of the 'body ego', that is, the complex map of the body formed through interaction with the material world and with others, it is suggested that Stafford's fiction discloses the hidden, often disavowed connections between 'bodily sensations' or 'internal perceptions' and the ego.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2307/3509377
ISSNs: 0306-2473 (print)
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Keywords: bodily change, psychic disturbance, body ego, stafford's fiction
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 48000
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 January 2001Published
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:24
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48000

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