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'The Words I Put in Your Mouth: The Sexual Politics of Rambling, Direct and Indirect Style in Kerouac's Tristessa'

Harma, Tanguy. 2014. 'The Words I Put in Your Mouth: The Sexual Politics of Rambling, Direct and Indirect Style in Kerouac's Tristessa'. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 158, pp. 337-342. ISSN 1877-0428 [Article]

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This article explores how Kerouac's instrumental use of rambling, direct and indirect styles in Tristessa (1960) impacts its sexual politics. After having deciphered the attributes of the narrative voice that integrates Kerouac's aesthetics of spontaneous prose, we will turn to the character of Tristessa and analyze the features of her speech. As a discrepancy appears between the male-subject (Duluoz) and the female-object (Tristessa), we will examine the effects that such stylistic choices entail in Kerouac's narrative project, especially at the level of its economy of desire and its translation in terms of sexual politics in the novella.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1016

Keywords:

Kerouac; Tristessa; sexual politics; rambling style; Mexico; cultural idealization; flux of consciousness; spontaneous prose; objectification; Orientalism.

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
19 December 2014Published

Item ID:

16997

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2016 12:21

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2017 09:10

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/16997

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