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reverberations of Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell’s literary analysis of disability as a ‘narrative prosthesis,’ Lennard J. Davis builds on the observation that “media loves disability” and takes a critical look at the casting of non-disabled actors for roles with disabilities in a wide selection of mainstream film and television productions ranging from The Big Bang Theory to Pandora. Drawing attention to fair employment discrepancies in the movie business, he makes a call Foreword: Culture – Theor y – Disability 13 similar to that of Rosemarie Garland

wondered to what extent the influence of postwar literary analysis has contributed to creating a feigned sense of objectivity. Following World War II, Werkimmanente Literaturwissenschaft (New Criticism) was the prominent form of literary analysis. Bettina Gruber defines werkimmanent as “[…] every attempt at literary criticism […] that limits itself to an occupation with the work, respectively the text, and dismisses everything else as ‘peripheral’ (Umfeld)” (2009: 763).11 Thus, it is not far- fetched to imagine that race would be considered part of the “Umfeld

stories: “The scenario includes features well theorized in literary analysis, such as narrative and plot, but demands that we also pay attention to milieux and corporeal behavior such as gestures, attitudes, and tones not reducible to language” (ibid.). Of course, the sugar-made Kremlin is fictive and can be consumed in different ways, with the narrative being just one aspect. Language itself is lacking and behavior and bodily sedimented cultural knowledge can only be observed or sensed, but it is present when the Kremlin made of sugar is consumed or talked

into one carefully thought-out, concrete whole. Time, as it were, thickens, takes on flesh, becomes ar tistically visible; likewise, space becomes charged and responsive to the movements of time, plot and history. This “intersection . . . and fusion” of indicators characterizes the ar tistic chronotope. (84) It is this “intrinsic connectedness,” as well as the “intersection” and “fusion” of time and space emphasized by Bakhtin which turn the chronotope into a useful conceptual tool for a culturally informed literary analysis. The time- space arrangements that

provide a basic outline of the major strands of the western literary tradition by the reading of major works from the most important European national literatures from classical antiquity to our time, and to give an introduction to selected major topics in literary theory, such as genre theory, the theory of interpretation, historical poetics, and major modern schools of criticism and methods of literary analysis.”648 Since familiarity with the European literary canon cannot be presumed beyond the Norwegian classics taught in secondary school, it has to be

, where the battle over rationality be- comes a decisive issue. Despite differences in local politics, what the advocates seem to maintain as the end result is a common language, key words and a united way of selecting and retrieving evidence from Islamic heritage and Western philosophy. The Islamizers unite in their aversion to secularism as an imported “Western” notion. If knowl- edge, according to Al-Attas should be “de-westernized”, in Egypt ^Abdel Wahab El-Missiri’s literary analysis of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Frankeleyn’s Tale” and Bertold Brecht’s “The exception

category (or somewhere in the vicinity) of fiction. ‘THAT VAST DESIRE FOR THE UNKNOWN’: QUESTIONING THE TEXT So, what kind of questions can this text answer? Can a literary analysis of the text ‘solve’ the question of Barbin’s sex, and maybe even determine hir ‘true’ sex? Surely not. However, the text presents itself in a way as if this were possible. From the very beginning of the text, Barbin tries to establish her reliability by pointing out her religious upbringing, “Houses that were truly pious, hearts that were pure and true, presided over my

apparently irreconcilable with the norms by which genders are recognizable. The usefulness of this theory for approaching the two novels lies in its capacity to formulate the struggle of the (fictional) intersex 162 | INTERSEX NARRATIVES characters with their conflicting gender assignments in theoretical terms, which reference the structural framework within which the conditions of intelligibility are negotiated. My literary analysis is based on the following theoretical propositions or questions regarding the conditions of intersex intelligibility in the novels