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Issue no.05 /2006


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Power in Conversation    
Media’s Play of Gender    
The Role of American Lanscape in Jane Smiley’s Novel “ A Thousand Acres “    
Feminine Social Space in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God and Jonah’s Gourd Vine”    
Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway. A Psychoanalytical Reinterpretation of the Canon    
Canon Subversion and/or Reinforcement – Jane Eyre and/or Wide Sargasso Sea    
Receding behind the Veil: Angela Carter and the Disguise of Femininity    
Narrating the Nervous, Bulimic Body-Text in Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve    
Eye Representations in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Sarah Hall’s The Electric Michelangelo    
Translated Title: Eye Representations in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Sarah Hall’s The Electric Michelangelo
Publication: Gender Studies (05/2006)
Author Name: Şerban, Andreea;
Language: English
Subject: Gender Studies
Issue: 05/2006
Page Range: 112-118
No. of Pages: 7
File size: 182 KB
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Summary: Of the sensory organs, the eyes are the most important and the most symbolic. They are usually interpreted as the gateway to the soul and regarded as the main conveyors of human emotions. The dark rings under the eyes, usually associated with physical tiredness, can also suggest a state of depression. However, in Byzantine and romantic portraits, such dark rings seem to increase the significance of the eyes as indicative of the intensity of spiritual life (Nanu, 2001:94).
The eyes may also stand for clairvoyance or omniscience; they may be used as symbols of knowledge and creativity, light, vigilance, moral guidance and truth. Being organs of perception, the eyes represent one of the ways through which people have access to knowledge. In other words, seeing is equivalent to knowing (and knowing to having power). Through prayer, the eye turns into an organ of perception of the transcendental, divine world (de Souzenelle, 1999:372). Prayers or meditation can lead to the opening of a third and inner eye, symbolic of the intensification of spiritual life. In Hindu culture, and also in Buddhism, the third eye (also known as “the eye of Buddha”) is represented by the small dot between the eyes, its purpose being that of indicating spiritual awakening (Emick, 2005). In her book, The Symbolism of the Human Body, de Souzenelle (1999:380) points out that psychologists link the third eye to the feeling of guilt, as the person who feels guilty, also feels as if she is being watched by this divine eye which stands for his/ her own judgment.
Feminisms, Islamophobia and Identities    
Fighting against the Ethnic Niche: Debjani Chatterjee’s Literary Production    
Is a Woman still "A Stranger at Supper" in Montenegro?    
Women Writers and the War Experience: 1918 as Transition    
Feminine Identity and Aesthetic Contemplation    
Girl Power in the British Theatre of the Nineties: Violent Disoriented Girl Gangs Kick Tradition    
Violence and Gender in American Slave Narratives    
Hawhorne’s Woman: from Witch to Victim    
Jeanette Winterson and the Ungendered Narrator    
The Long Shadow of the Lady    
Gender Inequalities within the Academic Elite    
Gender in the Academic Elite in a Post-Socialist Society the Case of Montenegro with a Side-Glance at Norway