Vasiliki Karra: Ideology and Gender in Angela Carter’s ‘The Passion of New Eve’

Abstract

Looking into the issue of gender in literary works, women are usually depicted as traditional stereotypes of women as nurturing, passive and submissive. The idea of women who may be violent was seen as inadequate due to the difficulty which society as a whole as well as academic discipline have, in seeing violence or aggression, even anger, as part of the female character. There exist two sexes and two genders and between them there is a set of rather obvious correspondences. The assertion that gender is not determined by sex has simply reinforced a division between the biological and the social in a way which leaves our understanding of biological sex fairly intact. Angela Carter stresses the performative and surface nature of gender identity and she does so by dealing with the question of bodily and sexual transformation at several different levels

 
MENON: Journal Of Educational Research, http://www.kosmit.uowm.gr/site/journal (ISSN: 1792-8494)
Full article: ISSUE 2a, 2013 (p. 80-89)