Since I am now post MA, RCA life I have to confess the life element of this statement is sorely lacking due to the fact that I have re-located (to a house on the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere that feels positively rural after living in London for 3 years). I am simply left dangling post MA, RCA……Rather disconcertingly I can actually hear myself thinking, this re-location may be good for the soul but it may also be that I am slowly committing creative suicide. Anyway to take hold of one’s dislocation, discombobulation and direct one’s dangle I am exploring those areas of my practice that somehow never saw the light of day on the MA in practice but were fully present in the thesis (Barthes, Cixous, Kristeva, Irigaray et al). I am undertaking a Social Studies Certificate in Feminism, Gender and Sexuality in Literature and the study of women’s writing and how it has engaged with, and continues to transform and challenge the politics of gender, sex, and sexuality.
Term One includes Female Emancipation and Liberation, Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber, Alice Munro Lives of Girls and Women, Margaret Attwood The Handmaids Tale, Jeanette Winterson Oranges are not the only fruit. Term 2 includes Redefining Gender Roles, Judith Butler Bodies that Matter, Angela Carter The Magic Toyshop, Virginia Woolf A Room of One’s Own, Simone De Beavoir The Second Sex, Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic, Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea. Term 3 includes Global Sisterhood, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – “Can the Subaltern Speak?”, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders, Alice Walker The Colour Purple, Nawal El Saadawi Woman at Point Zero, Leila Aboulela The Translator.
The course takes a cross-genre and cross-cultural approach to literature and popular culture. I will be sharing my thoughts, observations, writings periodically throughout the course. I am particularly interested in symbolic visual-verbal relations and therefore aim to make contributions from the realm of visual art to literature. Some of this is familiar but has always been on the to do list and some has been already studied. So far the debates have been dynamic. Angela Carter for instance has caused outrage, anger, disgust, ambivalence and any other form of dissent you care to mention, obviousy still doing the job 30 years on.
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