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|標題:||Feminine Writing and Sexuality in Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook
|關鍵字:||feminine writing;陰性書寫;female sexuality;女性性慾||出版社:||外國語文學系||摘要:||
Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook is a complicated and hybrid text which portrays the life and struggles of the protagonist, Anna Freeman wulf, from her colonial experience to withdrawing from the communism, from her writing “block” to overcoming them. The aim of my thesis is to examine the complexity and hybridity of The Golden Notebook. I will use Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva's concepts about feminine writing as my theoretical framework. Making use of their theories about the distinctive relationship between female sexuality and feminine writing, I will probe into the relationships between the characteristics of female sexuality and those of the novel's forms, contents and characters. To this end, I will elaborate on how and why Lessing works out the complexity and the function of hybridity—it is a way to show how women recognize the world and it is a strategy that Lessing uses to resist and replace the patriarchal dual system. Lessing simultaneously explores the theme about sexuality, marriage and “motherhood” and exposes the patriarchal dominance over women through sexual regulation and the social conventions. My intention is to point out how Lessing elaborates upon the forms and structures to illustrate the so-called “feminine writing,” and its mimicry, multiplicity and fluidity in the novel. Besides, my research also employs Foucault's discourse to dismantle and re-examine how knowledge is produced, by whom and for whom. Nancy Chodorow's theory of mothering enables readers to have the chance to revalorize marriage and women's motherhood. Finally, through Anna and Saul's helping with each other and writing the first sentence with each other, Lessing envisions an “androgynous culture,” a kind of symbiosis between men and women. It becomes Lessing's brilliant The Golden Notebook.
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