Gender and Literature/Art

An Alternative Image Interpretation of Edna in The Awakening in Spatial Perspective

Tang Xiaoxia
School of Foreign Languages, Nanjing Normal University Taizhou College
Journal of Beijing International Studies University 2014-6

Abstract:Edna in The Awakening experiences the spatial migration from the large double cottage to the Grand Isle to the pigeon house and fi nally to the sea, which not only demonstrates her gradual escape from the patriarchal space, but also indicates the whole process of the awakening, activating and the ultimate destruction of her feminine subjective consciousness. Based on Henri Lefebvre's spatial triad and Foucault's theory of Heterotopia, this paper reinterprets the image of Edna and comes to the conclusion that Edna has always been confi ned to the patriarchal cage during her spatial migration and that her fi nal plunge into the sea is an illustration of her internalization and obedience of the patriarchal discipline instead of answering the call of the feminine self-awareness featuring freedom and independence.
Keywords:The Awakening, Edna, patriarchal discipline, spatial triad, Heterotopia

Paper type:Published