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An Icon and a Burden: The Postmodern Obsession with the Body in British Fiction



Year of publication 2009
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The article presents a survey of a number of contemporary British novels to hightlight the omnipresence of the human body in postmodern culture. The shapes and roles vary: from the iconic body - teasing, sexy, lascivious, to the fantastic, scientific body - an expression of concerns with the misuse of science, to the body perceived as a burden - hateful, tired, a weight to be discarded. The scale is not intended to imply a development, but to show how intensively contemporary fiction grapples with the ideas involved.

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