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The female grotesque as a protest instrument in Flannery OConnors work

Grant number: 17/21785-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2018
Effective date (End): August 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal Investigator:Cleide Antonia Rapucci
Grantee:Débora Ballielo Barcala
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/20466-0 - The female grotesque as subversion: an analysis of Flannery O'Connor's fiction, BE.EP.DR


Despite being widely discussed in the United Stated, Flannery O'Connor's (1925-1964) work is still little studied by the feminist criticism, since it is considered conservative and aligned to the dominant standards. This research, however, aims to prove how the carnival ad the grotesque articulate in Flannery O'Connor's work making it a space of subversion and cultural counter-production, by exhibiting extraordinary female bodies and behaviours and by questioning the socially established frontiers between masculine and feminine. In order to do that, the study is based on the works of Hugo (s/d), Kayser (2013) and Bakhtin (2013) about the grotesque, in addition to the works of Russo (2000) and Yaeger (2000) about the female grotesque and female authorship in the American South. Therefore, this work intends to deepen the studies about the female grotesque in O'Connor's works, analysing all of her fictional work (novels and short stories) by establishing a dialogue with recent works about the subject and attributing new meaning to the subversive potential of the author's work.

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BARCALA, Débora Ballielo. The female grotesque as subversion in Flannery O’Connor’s work. 2022. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Ciências e Letras. Assis Assis.

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