Carter’s novels, in which conventional narratives are deconstructed and their oppressive ideologies exposed, would seem to confirm Jameson’s (1986) thesis that, when everything else appears to have been stripped away, only ‘body manifestations are retained’ (p. 321). Jameson argues that the body is potentially one of the most disruptive elements of narrative. This is especially evident in the popular genres upon which Carter drew in her work, such as fairy tales, science fiction, apocalyptic or ‘Last days’ narratives, gothic narrative and horror fiction. Very often these are texts which, like Carter’s works, question the validity of key concepts such as ‘civilisation’, ‘history’ and ‘progress’. In such contexts, the appearance of the body, according to Jameson, usually produces ‘an awakening of fresh sight’ which ‘diverts a conventional narrative logic of the unfolding story in some new vertical direction’ (p. 307).
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