Invisibility and power in the digital age: issues for feminist and queer narratology

Young, Tory (2018) Invisibility and power in the digital age: issues for feminist and queer narratology. Textual Practice, 32 (6). pp. 991-1006. ISSN 1470-1308

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Abstract

This essay examines the continued assumption that representational visibility equates to power, in the digital age. It considers the tension between the image as a form that captures what already exists and the image as a future possibility in the era of the mantra ‘You cannot be what you cannot see’ and growing recognition of gender fluidity. After re-examination of Peggy Phelan’s reminder about the power of the unmarked, I turn to Ali Smith’s 2014 How to be both, a novel with an interchangeable Renaissance narrative and contemporary story in a palimpsestic structure, to propose a formula that could be described as the becoming-simultaneous of narrative sequence. In conceiving the ‘unnarrated’ as both a gap in what was represented in retrospect in an existing storyworld but equally as a narrative future, I link the unmarked to political possibility, and conclude that you cannot always see what you can be.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ali Smith, Peggy Phelan, feminist narratology, identity politics, gender
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018 11:15
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 14:33
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703408

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