Self-Fashioning in Margaret Atwood's Fiction: Dress, Culture, and Identity

Self-Fashioning in Margaret Atwood's Fiction: Dress, Culture, and Identity

by Cynthia G. G. Kuhn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820467642

ISBN-13: 9780820467641

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This study examines the associations between dressing and storytelling in Margaret Atwood’s fiction. As cultural representations operating within a network of codes, clothed bodies are often discussed by theorists as constructed performances or as fabricated texts, inextricably bound up with ideology and power. The clothed body often becomes a battleground in

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This study examines the associations between dressing and storytelling in Margaret Atwood’s fiction. As cultural representations operating within a network of codes, clothed bodies are often discussed by theorists as constructed performances or as fabricated texts, inextricably bound up with ideology and power. The clothed body often becomes a battleground in Atwood’s fiction as female protagonists respond to divisive cultural scripts through self-fashioning. Furthermore, Atwood seems to collapse the opposition between the material and the spiritual through clothing, to consider dress a fitting metaphor for the space between the natural and the supernatural. While the connections among dress, body, and story are visible from Atwood’s earliest novel forward, they achieve their most unified and powerful effect in The Robber Bride (1993) and Alias Grace (1996). In these novels, Atwood draws upon the classical idea that the body clothes the soul to create a postmodern frame for the complex relationships among subjectivity, representation, voice, gender, and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820467641
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
American University Studies
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1"Clothed in words" : Margaret Atwood and dress7
2Border crossing : dress as performative boundary and margin27
3Toxic chic : dress and dreams in The robber bride49
4Amazing space : veils and vogues in Alias grace89
5Style and text(ile) : a conclusion127

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