Queering the World or Worlding the Queer? New Readings of Anna Kavan’s Who Are You?

Houlden, Kate (2017) Queering the World or Worlding the Queer? New Readings of Anna Kavan’s Who Are You? Women: A Cultural Review, 28 (4). pp. 295-311. ISSN 1470-1367

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Abstract

This essay explores world-literary and queer approaches to Anna Kavan’s little discussed 1963 novel Who Are You?. It argues that world-literary scholarship demonstrates the centrality of white colonial masculinity to capitalist modernity, while a queer reading highlights the anxious performativity at the heart of such power. The most distinctive feature of Kavan’s text is its unusual format, whereby the story is told once, in detail, before immediately being retold, in more concise fashion and with some adjustments. What both fields add to the analysis of this formal deviation is a shared concern with the failings of normative order—whether that be the bourgeois, heteropatriarchal family or the capitalist system itself—and, in turn, the relationship of such failure to narrative disjuncture.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Anna Kavan, World Literature, Queer Theory
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Kate Houlden
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 09:20
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702313

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