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The construction of the feminine in the short stories Black Venus and Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter

Grant number: 16/11180-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2017
Effective date (End): November 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal researcher:Cleide Antonia Rapucci
Grantee:Carla Daniel Sardinha Caldeira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This research aims a study of the characters Jeanne Duval and Lizzie Borden from the short stories by Angela Carter, "Black Venus" and "Fall River Axe Murders", respectively, found in the author's collection Black Venus. Its main goal is to reflect about the role that the patriarchy society gives to women throughout history - considering that the characters were inspired in real people - and how, in these short stories, such women gain their own voice. We focus on the construction of the female character to reflect upon the woman's role by using the concept of herstory. One of the books used will be Mulher e Deusa: a construção do feminino em Fireworks de Angela Carter by Cleide Antonia Rapucci to understand better the construction of Carter's female character; as well as theoretical texts of feminist criticism like "A crítica feminista no território selvagem" by Elaine Showalter and "Crítica feminista" by Lúcia Osana Zolin; besides books such as Adrienne Rich's On Lies, Secrets and Silence to analyze how women have been represented (or not represented at all) in History and Literature. (AU)

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