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The Male Gaze in Robert Coover's Pricksongs & Descants and A Night at the Movies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to explore Robert Coover’s use of voyeuristic scenes and perspectives in two collections of short stories, Pricksongs & Descants (1969)  and A Night at the Movies (1987). In an introduction to a section of Pricksongs & Descants called  “Seven Exemplary Fictions,,” Coover claims that the novelist uses “familiar mythic and historical forms to combat the content of those forms.” The two collections of short fictions examined in this essay draws on the forms and assumptions of classic fairytales and Hollywood movies. The aim of this essay is to examine whether Coover’s use of erotic and voyeuristic motifs, as defined by Laura Mulvey’s theory about the male gaze, can be seen as a way for Coover to do what he claims in this prologue dedicated to Cervantes. Mulvey’s theories are directed towards film, but can be applied to literature via the narratological concept of focalization.   

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2012. , 17 p.
Keyword [en]
Robert Coover, Pricksongs & Descants, A Night at the Movies, Male Gaze, Focalization, Scopophilia
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78263OAI: diva2:536326
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-01-12 Created: 2012-06-21 Last updated: 2013-01-12Bibliographically approved

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