Disrupting Dictates of Gender and Ageing through Creativity: Daphne du Maurier's Writing Persona in The Breaking Point
MetadataShow full item record
In her collection The Breaking Point (1959), Daphne du Maurier gives rise to a series of short stories which feature ageing characters facing a critical period in their lives, that subvert traditional dictates of gender and ageing. Du Maurier identified her writing persona in this later stage of creativity as “neither girl nor boy but disembodied spirit,” thus acknowledging how traditional cultural dictates could be blurred through creativity. This article explores the matrix of ageing, gender, and creativity with respect to du Maurier’s stories “The Alibi,” “The Menace,” and “The Chamois” in order to describe her writing persona at this particular moment of creativity, especially through feminist critic Betty Friedan’s precepts in her book The Fountain of Age (1993). Friedan argues that a gender-role crossover often takes place in the years following parenthood, as men and women adopt qualities that they felt required to suppress years earlier in order to fulfil their respective culturally- assigned gender roles.
Is part ofFrame: Journal of Literary Studies, 2017, vol. 30, p. 49-66
European research projects
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Transatlantic Doubles: Intertextual Ageing in the Early Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Bulwer-Lytton Miquel Baldellou, Marta (Universidad de Almería, 2011)As a literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe reviewed the writings of the Victorian man of letters Edward Bulwer-Lytton on at least four occasions in the span of six years, from 1835 to 1841. Even if both authors came from signi ...
Miquel Baldellou, Marta (University of Valladolid. Department of English, 2011)In 2006, the American scholar and writer Daniel Stashower published The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder. In this post-modem work, which can be described as a mixture of ...
Demonising the Victorian Heroine's Coming-of-Age in Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Lucretia and Edgar Allan Poe's Tales Miquel Baldellou, Marta (Universidad de Almería, 2008)In Victorian times, the female subject, as embodiment of domestic morality, contributed to the construction of middle-class ideology. In Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s novel Lucretia (1846), the female protagonist apparently ...