INSPIRING FUTURES

The limitations of a somatics of resistance: sexual performativity and gender dissidence in Dickens’s Dombey and Son.

Schwan, Anne (2005) The limitations of a somatics of resistance: sexual performativity and gender dissidence in Dickens’s Dombey and Son. Critical Survey, 17 (2). pp. 92-106. ISSN 0011-1570

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This essay considers some of the implications of a critical turn from a concern with a 'political technology of the body' in the Foucauldian sense to one with embodied micropractices. I will contend here that a critique of social experiences that is conceptualised through attention to individualised, or intersubjective, corporeal practices, is necessarily limited. A critical focus on the affective or performative self potentially colludes with a political agenda that privileges the bourgeois concept of individuality over that of collectivity, and performative micropractices over the transformation of social relationships on a structural level. This article approaches these issues by investigating two forms of sexual deviance, enacted by the figures of Paul and Edith Dombey, in Dombey and Son - a text that explores the problematic of nineteenthcentury gender-specific discipline and resistance, but also a narrative that points to the conceptual limitations resulting from individualised notions of embodiment and embodied resistance. I will suggest that this novel codes Paul and Edith's resistance to Dombey's regime of gender-discipline as specifically physical and sexualised forms of deviance.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0011-1570
Electronic ISSN: 1752 2293
Uncontrolled Keywords: political technology of the body; sexual deviance; embodiment; physical deviance; social relationships; Dombey and Son;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 305 Social groups
800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
Library of Congress Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Item ID: 2279
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2008 10:55
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 16:08
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2279

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