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By Daphne Grace

"Articulations and expressions of gender should be destabilising, transgressive, progressive and radical, encompassing either a painful legacy of oppression and a joyous exploration of latest experience." Analysing key texts from the nineteenth to twenty first centuries, this ebook explores more than a few British and Anglophone authors to contextualise women's writing and feminist idea with ongoing debates in awareness experiences. Discussing writers who attempt to redefine the gendered international of "sexualized" house, no matter if inner or exterior, psychological or actual, this e-book argues how the "delusion" of gender distinction should be addressed and challenged. In literary concept and in representations of the feminine physique in literature, identification has more and more develop into a moving, a number of, renegotiable-and controversial-concept. whereas acknowledging ancient and cultural structures of sexuality, "writing the body" needs to eventually comprise wisdom of human awareness. the following, an figuring out of awareness from modern technology (especially quantum theory)-as the basic construction block of life, past the body-allows exact insights into literary texts to explain the matter of subjectivity and what it capability to be human. together with dialogue of issues resembling feminism and androgyny, corporation and entrapment, masculinities and masquerade, madness and emotion, and person and social empowerment, this learn additionally creates a full of life engagement with the literary strategy as a method of fathoming the "enigma" of realization.

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The best he could do was to summon a little Cognition, consciousness and literary contexts 31 gentle melancholy in a poem about daffodils “through recollection in solitude”. (Wilson: 2009: 29) Jeanette Winterson corroborates such a view, in discussing how “normal” everyday consciousness is changed, heightened, in the pursuit of art and the expression of individual creativity: Inside the writer’s study, the balance of the everyday is overturned. In some ways the overturning is not unlike the effects of LSD.

1984: 10) Hayles also suggests how field theory can be used as a means to heightened consciousness, but this tempting allusion is not expounded throughout her discussion. Here, my discussion aims to push her argument one step further by concretising this connection between quantum field theory and consciousness, equating the unified field as being accessible to and through the human brain. “Literature” Hayles claims, “is not about reality but what we can say about reality” (1984: 84), thus interconnecting the objective and subjectivity of representation with the self-referral participatory nature of the interactive creation.

Thus qualia relate to conscious experience. 4 For our current purposes, rasa theory is an intriguing one to use as a key to explain the effect of reading Wuthering Heights. The novel is permeated with emotion and arouses a sensory emotional response in the reader, whether in terms of the loathing and contempt, disgust and shock (as voiced by nineteenth century critics) or the passionate desire for a “bad-boy” hero-lover highlighted in twentieth century film adaptations. Even when the characters do not verbalize their subjective experience, the reader’s awareness apprehends the subtle levels of emotional subtext; a deep structure is created within the consciousness of the reader herself.

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