Absented Women’s Voices: Problematising Masculinity in Jim Crace’s Fiction

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Absented Women’s Voices: Problematising Masculinity in Jim Crace’s Fiction Kate Aughterson (University of Brighton) Kristeva’s formulation of Semiotic - the silent rhythmic undercurrents and disruptions to the dominant Symbolic order which dislocate narrative and (gendered) subjects - act as an intertext to Crace’s narratives. Narrative dis-location is central to Crace’s work. Kristeva’s poetics offer a way of seeing how Crace’s narrative gaps and silences function as self-conscious rhetorical and narratorial strategies to offer up spaces for ‘other’ identities. Through narrative sleigh-of-hand, partial focalisations, lacunae, slippery semantics and shifting grammatical tenses Crace disturbs the microcosmic worlds his (male) narrators create. The absence of female voices (dead wives, desired woman, the young girl violated) is key to Crace’s cumulatively semiotic rhetorical technique: a blank space - an ‘other’ – a rich silence on which the reader writes alternative histories and stories.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationJim Crace: Into the Wilderness
EditorsKate Aughterson, Katy Shaw
Place of PublicationLondon
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

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Masculinity
Fiction
Julia Kristeva
Rhetoric
Conscious
Alternative History
Symbolic Order
Disruption
Brighton
Wives
Focalization
Intertext
Dislocation
Poetics
Reader
Grammatical Tense
Blank Space
Narrator

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Aughterson, K. (2018). Absented Women’s Voices: Problematising Masculinity in Jim Crace’s Fiction. In K. Aughterson, & K. Shaw (Eds.), Jim Crace: Into the Wilderness London.
Aughterson, Kate. / Absented Women’s Voices: Problematising Masculinity in Jim Crace’s Fiction. Jim Crace: Into the Wilderness. editor / Kate Aughterson ; Katy Shaw. London, 2018.
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Aughterson K. Absented Women’s Voices: Problematising Masculinity in Jim Crace’s Fiction. In Aughterson K, Shaw K, editors, Jim Crace: Into the Wilderness. London. 2018.