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The (de)construction of the concept of gender in Katherine Mansfields stories

Grant number: 10/16140-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2011
Effective date (End): November 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal researcher:Cleide Antonia Rapucci
Grantee:Letícia de Souza Gonçalves
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/22626-9 - The androgynous ideal in Bliss & other stories by Katherine Mansfield, BE.EP.DR


This paper aims to analyze the stories in Bliss & Other Stories (1919), by Katherine Mansfield, checking the deconstruction of the concept of gender in narratives and considering the constitution of male and female characters. We approach the relationship between characters of both genders, different points of view and, considering such notes, we observe that the categorization of genres is a result of social developments. As we ponder on the representation of gender in Mansfield's narratives, we are extending the question to social levels, since Literature is the representation of prospects of reality. The representations allow us to identify particular horizons that, in turn, acquire new ideologies when contacting collective horizons. In Literature, this fact happens through the multiplicity of narrative vision and voices, that, considered separately, are discursive categories. We take as theoretical basis the concept of "exotopy" by Mikhail Bakhtin, in order to evaluate the ideological identifications, the construction of character and the analogies between creator and creation, and considerations about gender and the literature written by women.

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GONÇALVES, Letícia de Souza. A (des)construção da noção de gênero nos contos de Katherine Mansfield. 2014. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Ciências e Letras. Assis Assis.

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