In this paper Sarah Daniels’s play Masterpieces is read using Mulvey’s and Stratton’s theory of fetishism to explore the representation of the female body through the masculine gaze. Instead of displaying nude female body on stage, Daniels chose to approach the subject of pornography through verbal description as opposed to visual. Daniels’s exclusion of visual pleasure is to ensure that there is never a possibility for fetishism to occur but at the same time she allows the spectator an insight into those ‘filmic’ mechanisms by providing perspectives on the gaze and on fetishism throughout the play. Using psychoanalysis to read Masterpieces reveals that pornography framed within a masculine gaze and men’s acting-out of objectification or violence towards women are manifestations of more deeply rooted structures - men’s fantasies, fears, and anger associated with women at both individual and societal levels.
|Keywords:||Fetishism, Male Gaze, Pornography, Voyeurism|
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Research Student, School of Arts, Languages and Literacies, , Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Lecturer (English Literature), Department of English, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
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