Engendering Dissent in the Underworld

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617630
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651733 | DOI:
Engendering Dissent in the Underworld

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This chapter investigates fictional descent narratives where the female character descends into the underworld. It first looks at the gender dynamics involved in descent narratives, where the descent heroes are usually men, while women play the role of the medium through which the quest is realised. The chapter then studies the feminist descent, and discusses in detail three descent narratives where the route to female subjectivity is down through a patriarchal Hell.

Keywords: feminist descent; patriarchal Hell; gender dynamics; female subjectivity

Chapter.  12715 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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