Iscuss the various ways in which the body is represented in varoius texts.
Examin the ways in which corporeality is decorated by tatoos, violated by junkiesneedles and confined in prison. In these texts the body is represented in several ways, as a physical encumbrance, as a site for criminal inscription, and as a brutally necessary conduit for providing cerebral, narcotic pleasure. the texts that are listed above demonstrate a strikingly anachronistic reliance on cartesian Mind/Body dualism, and these texts mind is always priviledged over body.drugs offer a dialectic of law and transgression, while both drugs and alcohol offer a dialectic of mind and body, these are all connected in prison. where the body is dehumanised, humiliated and even sexually violated. in these texts the body, irrespective of how many tatoos it posseses is deemed unimportant, while the mind assumes more and more soveereignty. the heroin addicts body is often doubly violated through the piecing of the skin by the hypodermic needle, and also by the needle of the prison tatooist. Tatoos in some of these narratives also represent visible markers of the junkys hatred for his body,which is always a source of shame, disgust and hatred. Tatoos in these texts do not decorate the body, they emphasize its pathetic corporeality. Compare how the body is represented in these texts. (Junky by William Burroughs, Animal Factory by Edward Bunker, You got nothing coming by Jimmy Lerner, Go Now by Richard Hell and Permanent Midnight by Jerry stahl) Critically analyse the types of novels and how the body is represented by each.
These are the primary texts to be used for this essay. Junky by William Burroughs, Animal Factory by Edward Bunker, You got nothing coming by Jimmy Lerner, Go now by Richared Hell and Permanent Minight by Jerry stahl. These are the secondary texts Memoirs of a tatooist by G.Burchett, The book of skin by S.Connor, Prison Tatoos by D. Hall and Prose and Cons: Essays on prison literature in the united states by Q.Miller.