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Dis/figuration in the stories of Jean Stafford

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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.

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

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Published date: 1 January 2001
Keywords: bodily change, psychic disturbance, body ego, stafford's fiction

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Local EPrints ID: 48000
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48000
ISSN: 0306-2473
PURE UUID: c4ff3cf4-a9db-40f7-a164-44a0ea1c278e

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Date deposited: 17 Aug 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:01

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