ORLANDO: WOOLF'S CONCEPT OF ANDROGYNY SEEN THROUGH THE LENS OF BAKHTIN'S GROTESQUE


Yilmaz V. B.

AGATHOS-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, vol.8, no.2, pp.85-100, 2017 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Title of Journal : AGATHOS-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-100

Abstract

Woolf's Orlando is the only novel in which the author creates real physical androgynous characters to shatter the stability of being, sex and gender - rigid backbones of patriarchy - by inserting her characters, namely Orlando, Archduchess and Sasha, into a state of physical, mental and sexual ambivalence. This article analyses the novel's androgynous characters in terms of mind, body and sexuality and claims that the aim to destabilise traditional notions of individualism and the image of Woolf's concept of androgyny in Orlando are similar to those of Bakhtin's notion of grotesque, which is also based on the idea of instability and constant change.