The body beautiful and the abject: a look into the manifold mirror of age

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dc.contributor Corbalan, Ana
dc.contributor Janiga-Perkins, Constance
dc.contributor Wittman, Emily
dc.contributor.advisor Schnepf, Michael
dc.contributor.advisor Edmunds, Bruce T. Myers, Kathryn Kori 2017-03-01T17:39:26Z 2017-03-01T17:39:26Z 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002197
dc.identifier.other Myers_alatus_0004D_12587
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This project studies four novels by Rosa Montero, Te trataré como a una reina (1983), Bella y oscura (1993), La hija del caníbal (1997), and Instrucciones para salvar el mundo (2008), as well as four novels by Agnès Desarthe, Cinq photos de ma femme, (1998), Les bonnes intentions (2000), Mangez-moi (2006), and Dans la nuit brune (2010). This dissertation examines the representations of aging in these novels through the lens of Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of heteroglossia and Julia Kristeva’s theory of the abject. I consider the effects of cultural constructs of age and aging on: how the elderly characters are depicted; how the characters describe their own aging and that of others; the interpretation of reflections in literal and figurative mirrors; the obsession with youth in Western cultures; and the sexual identity of female characters. I will take an in-depth look at how identity, self-perception, and sexuality are linked to the aging body.
dc.format.extent 157 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Romance literature
dc.title The body beautiful and the abject: a look into the manifold mirror of age
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics Romance Languages The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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