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Women's Studies

Social sciences

1995

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Observing Women: Doris Lessing, Christa Wolf, Marguerite Duras, Andrew Jonathan Shields Jan 1995

Observing Women: Doris Lessing, Christa Wolf, Marguerite Duras, Andrew Jonathan Shields

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This dissertation uses a model of observation derived from Michel Foucault's "Discipline and Punish" to examine the relationship between writing and seeing in each of the writers discussed. The disciplinary model of the Panopticon, as Foucault outlines it, constructs a neutral observer, a figure supposedly "without qualities" but nevertheless implicitly male, in part because Western tradition has always constructed men as observers and women as objects of observation. But what happens when a woman takes up this observational position and attempts to become the subject of her own gaze? In "Prisons We Choose to Live Inside", Doris Lessing explicitly ...