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2012 | 11 | Supplement | 74-90
Article title

Captive Bodies: Victorian Construction of Femininity in Wuthering Heights and the Crimson Petal and the White

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This paper argues that both Wuthering Heights (1847) and The Crimson Petal and the White (2002) investigate, expose and condemn the multifaceted inscription of a specific culture on the female body (via the construction of femininity)-the defleshing of female bodies, which in turn makes them docile (at least temporarily). With different degrees of explicitness, the two novels demonstrate how this specific--capitalist, imperialist, patriarchal--culture forces itself onto the bodies of girls/women: the legalized, scientifically justified process whereby female bodies, regardless of class, are defleshed, skinned alive and made to emit signs of subjugation to the patriarchal will--this being their assigned role, without exception, in various male-dominated economies.
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11
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74-90
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published
2012-12-01
online
2012-12-28
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bwmeta1.element.doi-10_2478_v10320-012-0007-8
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