Discipline, Resistance and Self-Improvement: Three Phases in the Growth of Fanny Price
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages: 123-129
Received: Jul. 20, 2014; Accepted: Jul. 31, 2014; Published: Aug. 10, 2014
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Yingying DENG, College of Foreign Languages, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, China
Joan Qionglin TAN, College of Foreign Languages, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, China
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Abstract
Fanny Price is a remarkable heroine of Mansfield Park written by Jane Austen. Based on Michel Foucault’s power theory and the related theories about subjectivity construction, this paper aims at analyzing how Fanny tries to adopt, resist and make the most of the underlying various power mechanisms in a patriarchal society and how she achieves her own self-education and self-improvement. It contends that through three phases of discipline, resistance and self-improvement, Fanny successfully transforms herself from an inferior “outsider” into a noble and elegant lady welcomed by the middle class in British society in the early 19th century.
Keywords
Fanny Price, Mansfield Park, Michel Foucault, Disciplinary Power, Technologies of the Self
To cite this article
Yingying DENG, Joan Qionglin TAN, Discipline, Resistance and Self-Improvement: Three Phases in the Growth of Fanny Price, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2014, pp. 123-129. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20140204.16
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