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標題: 何謂女人?波妮《流浪者》小說中的身體與無名氏
What Is a Woman? Nobody as "Some Body" in Frances Burney's the Wanderer
作者: 林松燕
關鍵字: 無名氏;Nobody;主體;身體;具體化;波妮;流浪者;Subjectivity;Body;Embodiment;Frances Burney;The Wanderer
出版社: 臺中市:國立中興大學文學院
Project: 興大人文學報, Volume 41, Page(s) 271-291.

In Burney's novelistic worlds, to will a female subjectivity amounts to desire "a nobody". This "nobody" ultimately stands for the Burneyan subject itself; it reveals Burney's idea of the female subject proper and her female imaginary: the heroine becomes something (counted as a subject) only after being deprived of names and identities, i.e., empirical features that support her social roles. "A nobody later counted as somebody" is the most succinct way to describe Burney's heroines. The article contends that in The Wanderer Burney presents a series of corporeal styles to "embody" and "materialize" that nobody through performativity. Namelessness as a device, therefore, provides a space for Burney to create a female representation by making a distinctive mode of corporeality. Burney creates an "embodied self" via performances of fragment body gestures. She presents a series of corporeal styles that add up to a special body whose practices mark themselves as a new modality of embodiment. In the end, the paradox of conformity to social demands and criticisms of those demands results in an alternative approach of grounding subjectivity not in the whole person, but in bits and pieces, i.e., in a series of fragment body practices.
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