Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Affective MaterialitiesReorienting the Body in Modernist Literature$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kara Watts, Molly Volanth Hall, and Robin Hackett

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056289

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056289.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 04 December 2020

The Brain and the Living World in Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water

The Brain and the Living World in Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water

Chapter:
(p.192) The Brain and the Living World in Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water
Source:
Affective Materialities
Author(s):

Mary Elene Wood

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056289.003.0009

Mary Wood examines New Zealander Janet Frame’s representations of the human brain as “mysterious entity” on the borders of humanness in Faces in the Water. Wood argues Frame resists existing medical narratives of the brain which sought to know, in inherently ethnocentric ways, human insides only by their material shell—the skull. The feminized postcolonial body of Frame’s character is, Wood concludes, paradoxically threatened by the reduction of her mind to dead matter, as well as able to find new agency by associating her self across fleshly boundaries, finding the seat of her identity to be co-located in the surrounding landscape of her decolonized environment.

Keywords:   Janet Frame, Faces in the Water, postcolonial body

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .