Margaret Sweatman s novel, When Alice Lay Down With Peter, plays with the British Empire s adventure story and its creation of manhood. Mimicking this creative process in the Canadian Northwest, Sweatman conceives and births a woman s previously erased passion back into the adventure story in a playful, erotic and politically-charged presentation of the performing female body as its own ''big bang''. Since a woman s contingency and agency within the Empire s gender performative has been vigorously debated by postmodern and cultural theorists, Sweatman chooses to birth her characters into a world of/as performance. Sweatman arms the McCormack women with performance strategies and frees them to explore passion beyond Imperial and textual constraints. Four generations of McCormack women mimic, mock, and sidewind their way into, around, and beyond the Empire s warring narrative and its heterosexual imperative. They are savvy, sexy, and provocative, playing simultaneously as shameless voyeurs, plagiarists, and war artists.
An Orgasm and an Atom: Performing Passion and Freedom
In Margaret Sweatman's When Alice Lay Down With Peter
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