Heterotopy of the body in dina rubina's trilogy people of the air

Anton S. Afanasev, Tatyana N. Breeva, Inna V. Schepacheva


The article is devoted to the problem of the representation of the gender picture of the world in Dina Rubina's trilogy People of the Air. Gender conceptualization unfolds in the context of the representations, characretistic to performative theory of gender. Therefore the heterotopy of the body, which is the main form of the artistic representation of the gender theory, in one case represents the process of producing female subjectivity (Leonardo's Handwriting), and in another case the form of problematization of male discourse (White Dove of Cordoba), (Syndrome of Punch). It is emphasized that the heterotopies of the circus (Leonardo's Handwriting), painting (White Dove of Cordoba) and the puppet theater (Syndrome of Punch) become a reflection of this type of transgressive spaces. Dedicated heterotopies play a different role in the construction of female and male subjectivity. If the heterotopy of the circus demonstrates the process of performative deployment of female subjectivity, the heterotopies of painting and puppet theater represent substitution / compensation heterotopies. So the resolution of the problematization of male discourse is connected with their destruction. In conclusion, the authors of the article state that the heterotopies of the puppet theater and painting provoke the appereance of the body that tries to embody soul, but becomes a kind of cell for it. So overcoming the heterotopy boundaries is the basis for overcoming the duality, getting rid of the phantom of a “split body”. In contrast, the heterotopy of the circus, which acts as a kind of low analogue of life, accented by a bodily expression, turns out to be a kind of mirror of the world, allowing the character of Leonardo's Writing to “look at herself”. The consequence of this is the involvement in the flow of life while maintaining an external distance from it.


gender picture of the world, performative theory of gender, modern female prose, Dina Rubina, trilogy People of the Air, heterotopy, motive of duality.

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