"So Much More than Pretty": Body Modification and Boundary Transgression in Melvin Burgess's <em>Sara's Face</em>

  • Miyuki Hanabusa
Keywords: body modification, Melvin Burgess, Sara's Face, gender, cyborg

Abstract

This paper examines three contemporary novels dealing with adolescent girls and cosmetic surgery, in which the bodies of the protagonists are constructed by social norms and structures based on gender. Melvin Burgess’s Sara’s Face offers an alternative to this cultural norm by depicting non-normative bodies that transgress gender and other categories and reveal them to be cultural fictions. Referring to theorists of embodiment studies who have tracked the history of cosmetic surgery, the article considers the hybridity of the body and of subjectivity that Burgess’s novel offers readers.

 

DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2012.0016

Author Biography

Miyuki Hanabusa

Miyuki Hanabusa is a lecturer at the Center for Foreign Language Education at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. Her publications include “Reading Dual Meanings of Power on Young Women’s Bodies: The Representation of Cosmetic Surgery in Japanese Manga” in International Research in Children's Literature (2008).

Published
2012-11-13
How to Cite
Hanabusa, M. (2012). "So Much More than Pretty": Body Modification and Boundary Transgression in Melvin Burgess’s <em>Sara’s Face</em&gt;. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 4(2). Retrieved from https://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/141
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Articles