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The Body in Motion: Communism and Epistemology in Iva Pekárková's Novel Truck Stop Rainbows

The Body in Motion: Communism and Epistemology in Iva Pekárková's Novel Truck Stop Rainbows Drawing on feminist conceptualisations of the body, this essay analyses Iva Pekárková's novel, Truck Stop Rainbows (published as Péra a Perut [Feathers and wings] in 1989, translated into English in 1992), to show how this contemporary Czech writer challenges the metaphor of the female body as a container through which communist propaganda in Czechoslovakia officially sanctioned and established a normative female identity in maternal, economic and civic functions. I seek to demonstrate how Fialka, the female protagonist who lives under the Czechoslovak communist regime of the 1980s, critiques discursive and epistemic formations that conceptualised the female body as a vessel for reproduction and labour and denied the female body the authority to function as a source of knowledge. Striving to spotlight the body in its cognitive role, I argue for an understanding of the body not as an instrument of knowledge or a neutral medium that enables knowledge production but, rather, as a condition of the possibility of knowing. KEYWORDS: body, communism, Czech women's literature, gender, knowledge, resistance We search for rainbows. We crawl a er them, li our eyes to them, try to smell them any time a tearful cloud covers the sun. But what if the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

The Body in Motion: Communism and Epistemology in Iva Pekárková's Novel Truck Stop Rainbows

Aspasia , Volume 3 (1) – Mar 1, 2009

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Berghahn Books
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1933-2882
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1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2009.030108
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Abstract

Drawing on feminist conceptualisations of the body, this essay analyses Iva Pekárková's novel, Truck Stop Rainbows (published as Péra a Perut [Feathers and wings] in 1989, translated into English in 1992), to show how this contemporary Czech writer challenges the metaphor of the female body as a container through which communist propaganda in Czechoslovakia officially sanctioned and established a normative female identity in maternal, economic and civic functions. I seek to demonstrate how Fialka, the female protagonist who lives under the Czechoslovak communist regime of the 1980s, critiques discursive and epistemic formations that conceptualised the female body as a vessel for reproduction and labour and denied the female body the authority to function as a source of knowledge. Striving to spotlight the body in its cognitive role, I argue for an understanding of the body not as an instrument of knowledge or a neutral medium that enables knowledge production but, rather, as a condition of the possibility of knowing. KEYWORDS: body, communism, Czech women's literature, gender, knowledge, resistance We search for rainbows. We crawl a er them, li our eyes to them, try to smell them any time a tearful cloud covers the sun. But what if the

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2009

Keywords: body; communism; Czech women’s literature; gender; knowledge; resistance

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