Created in our image: the miniature body of the doll as by Kitti Carriker

By Kitti Carriker

Dolls and puppets may be considered because the Freudian Uncanny, the Lacanian different, the Kristevan Abject,and The Miniature and the large of Susan Stewart. The mental implications in their construction are traced via numerous centuries of literature, essentially British fiction and poetry from the latter half the eighteenth century to the current, plus a few examples from American and Continental fiction.

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Gulliver becomes a heroic Nutcracker, valiantly wielding his sword and battling the army of two Brobdingnagian rats. He fells one of the enemy; and the other one, fearing for his life it seems, makes his escape, but not before being painfully wounded by Gulliver. Despite his new diminutive stature, Gulliver views his relatively petty accomplishments as a source of pride. His pretentious courage and bravado gradually become laughable to the Brobdingnagians, but this early exploit does elicit some mild concern.

After Gulliver relates to the King the state of affairs in Europe, the king "cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth" (Swift 107). The King has already, after listening to Gulliver defend the honor of England "observed how contemptible a thing was human grandeur, which could be mimicked by such diminutive insects as [Gulliver]" (Swift 86). The King's pronouncements illustrate what Stewart calls "the skewed relation of language to physical scale .

Even Pretre, the explorer trained in gathering facts and recording "recognizable realities" is at a loss. His skill at naming and classifying fails him when he suddenly and unexpectedly wins the trust and affection of his small Page 28 subject. " He deals with this difficult moment by "wink[ing] several times" and "taking notes. Those who didn't take notes had to manage as best they could'' (Lispector 386; 389-90, emphasis added). Taking notes is of course what his readers back home fail to do.

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