By Kitti Carriker
Dolls and puppets might be seen because the Freudian Uncanny, the Lacanian different, the Kristevan Abject,and The Miniature and the large of Susan Stewart. The mental implications in their production are traced via numerous centuries of literature, essentially British fiction and poetry from the latter 1/2 the eighteenth century to the current, plus a few examples from American and Continental fiction.
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In chapter 4, Kristeva's theory of abjection is applied to short fiction by Tommaso Landolfi, Edna O'Brien, and Margaret Atwood in order to portray the body of the doll as an imperfect imitation of the human subject it represents. Chapter 5 looks at ways in which the miniature and the doll figure are attempts to attain perfection in uncanny surroundings. First, some particular aspects of Freud's Uncanny are applied to "The Doll's House'' by Katherine Mansfield; second, and in conclusion, Angela Carter's novel The Magic Toyshop is explored in terms of both the Uncanny and Lacan's idea of the Mirror Stage.
Almost entirely objectified, Sonya remains passive. Her point of view is withheld from the text, and she speaks only once: "'Leva, why have I become porcelain? . "' (Tolstoy 35). " A mystical story of magical realism, an ironic account of racism, sexism, and perspective, it is also a study of the miniature and the gigantic. " 31 Page 26 Little Flower then has not shrunk but has been born a member of this miniature tribe; and, like Sonya, she is pregnant: "the rare thing herself had something even rarer in her heart, like the secret of her own secret: a minimal child" (Lispector 388).
Gulliver is ill at ease, for the servant who holds him Page 17 captive has over him the power of life and death. Gulliver knows that he could now be treated as he has treated bothersome little creatures in his past: "For I apprehended every moment that he would dash me against the ground, as we usually do any little hateful animal which we have a mind to destroy" (Swift 71). He may even recall his own recent temptation to "seize forty or fifty" Lilliputians and "dash them against the ground" (Swift 19).