The fantasy of female sexual freedom in Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber and in John Logan's Penny Dreadful.

Bernhardt, Lara Catherine (2019-04)

Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2019.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Despite considerable investigation into the nature of female sexuality and the manner in which it has been portrayed over the years, debate remains regarding what is acceptable and what is not. Furthermore, the manner in which it may be explored in a constructive manner is disputed. This thesis aims to use Angela Carter’s The Sadeian Woman and her analysis of the work of the Marquis de Sade to understand not only the possibly perverse nature of female sexuality, but also how pornography has the potential to expose gender inequality and provide a new space for female liberatory sexual practices. Furthermore, noting the similarities between the structure and potentially subversive elements of the pornographic text and folk tales, I analyse selected texts from Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, primarily through the lens of the sexual subject positions of the female protagonists and how sexual initiation and desire play a central role in significant character development. The Penny Dreadful television series is explored by noting the extensive relationship depicted between female sexuality and the otherworldly. Firstly, as remnants of the debate regarding the depiction of female sexuality in literature, the substantial dissonance regarding the role that television may play in this regard is analysed. Furthermore, in keeping with the substantial effect of revisionist myth-making, the significance of the intertextual and Gothic elements of the Penny Dreadful series is examined.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Ten spyte van in diepte ondersoek oor die aard van vroulike seksualiteit en die manier waarop dit uitgebeeld word, is daar steeds baie debat oor wat aanvaarbaar is al dan nie. Verder, word die manier waarop die onderwerp konstruktief benader kan word betwis. Die doel van hierdie tesis is om aan die hand van Angela Carter se The Sadeian Woman, gepaard met haar analise van die Marquis de Sade se werke, nie net die moontlike perverse aard van vroulike seksualiteit te verstaan nie, maar ook hoe pornografie die potensiaal het om geslagsongelykhede uit te wys en ‘n nuwe spasie vir bevrydende vroulike seksuele praktyke te skep. In lig hiervan word die ooreenkomste tussen pornografiese tekste en volksverhale met betrekking tot hul struktuur en potensiële ondermynende elemente beskou. Uittreksels uit Angela Carter se The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories word geanaliseer hoofsaaklik uit die oogpunt van die seksueel onderdanige vroulike protagoniste en hoe seksuele ontgroening en begeerte ‘n sentrale rol speel in beduidende karakterontwikkeling. Die Penny Dreadful televisiereeks word dan ondersoek deur die verhouding wat uitgebeeld word tussen vroulike seksualiteit en die bonatuurlike. Na aanleiding van die uitbeelding van vroulike seksualiteit in literatuur, word die onenigheid met die rol van televisie in hierdie opsig ondersoek. In ooreenstemming met die aansienlike effek van revisionisme word die belang van die intertekstuele en Gotiese elemente van die Penny Dreadful televisiereeks ondersoek.

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