Posted on 11/06/2013
Dr Hannah Thompson, Senior Lecturer in French in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this month publishes her latest book: Taboo: Corporeal Secrets in Nineteenth-Century France (Legenda, 2013). This wide-ranging study uses the notion of the taboo as a powerful means of interpreting representations of the body. The hidden bodies of realist texts reveal their secrets in unexpected ways. Thompson reads texts by Sand, Rachilde, Maupassant, Hugo, Barbey d’Aurevilly, Mirbeau and Zola alongside modern theorists of the body to show how the figure of the taboo plots an alternative model of author-reader relations based on the struggle to speak the unspeakable.