The Soul is the Prison of the Body -- The Ballad of the Sad Café in the Perspective of Queer Theory

Hu Xiaoxia
Literature and Journalism School at Sichuan University
Journal of Honghe University 2014-2

Abstract:The Ballad of the Sad Café, the famous novella of southern American writer Carson McCullers, is generally regarded as an allegory of universal modern human existence of "spiritual isolation" or a representative works of feminism. However, critics usually neglect the state of the flowing gender identity of the heroine in dichotomy gender society. This paper probes into how the queer roles head for silence with confusion of identity and ego lost through exploring the gender transition of Miss Amelia under the circumstance of love and be loved set by the author.
Keywords:flowing gender identity, love, be loved, Miss Amelia, Carson McCullers

Paper type:Published