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rose on the hysterial feminine in literature

Posted by rigorousm on January 23, 2017

The hysterical feminine can be found in:

Writing where the passage of the body through language is too insistently present; it is writing in which a body, normally ordered by the proprieties of language and sexual identity gets too close…. Its body can be called feminine to the precise degree that it flouts the rigidity (the masculinity) of the requisite forms of literary cohesion and control.

— Jacqueline Rose 1991, pp 27-28, quoted p 91 of Betterton, Rosemary. “An Intimate Distance: women, artists and the body.” Routledge 1996.


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