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The Apparitional Lesbian

Author : Terry Castle
ISBN : 0231076533
Genre : Social Science
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In essays on literary images of lesbianism from Defoe and Diderot to Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes, on the homosexual reputation of Marie Antoinette, on the lesbian writings of Anne Lister, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Janet Flanner, and on Henry James's The Bostonians, Castle shows how a lesbian presence can be identified in the literature, history, and culture of the past three centuries.
Category: Social Science

The Apparitional Lesbian

Author : Terry Castle
ISBN : UOM:39015028929423
Genre : Social Science
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In essays on literary images of lesbianism from Defoe and Diderot to Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes, on the homosexual reputation of Marie Antoinette, on the lesbian writings of Anne Lister, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Janet Flanner, and on Henry James's The Bostonians, Castle shows how a lesbian presence can be identified in the literature, history, and culture of the past three centuries.
Category: Social Science

The Literature Of Lesbianism

Author : Terry Castle
ISBN : 0231125119
Genre : Literary Collections
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From Renaissance love poems to twentieth-century novels, plays, and short stories, The Literature of Lesbianism brings together hundreds of literary works on the subject of female homosexuality with an astonishing and often unpredictable range of attitudes. Both male and female authors are represented as Castle explores the emergence and transformation of the "idea of lesbianism" over the past five centuries.
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Generation And Degeneration

Author : Valeria Finucci
ISBN : 0822326442
Genre : History
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This distinctive collection explores the construction of genealogies—in both the biological sense of procreation and the metaphorical sense of heritage and cultural patrimony. Focusing specifically on the discourses that inform such genealogies, Generation and Degeneration moves from Greco-Roman times to the recent past to retrace generational fantasies and discords in a variety of related contexts, from the medical to the theological, and from the literary to the historical. The discourses on reproduction, biology, degeneration, legacy, and lineage that this book broaches not only bring to the forefront concepts of sexual identity and gender politics but also show how they were culturally constructed and reconstructed through the centuries by medicine, philosophy, the visual arts, law, religion, and literature. The contributors reflect on a wide range of topics—from what makes men “manly” to the identity of Christ’s father, from what kinds of erotic practices went on among women in sixteenth-century seraglios to how men’s hemorrhoids can be variously labeled. Essays scrutinize stories of menstruating males and early writings on the presumed inferiority of female bodily functions. Others investigate a psychomorphology of the clitoris that challenges Freud’s account of lesbianism as an infantile stage of sexual development and such topics as the geographical origins of medicine and the materialization of genealogy in the presence of Renaissance theatrical ghosts. This collection will engage those in English, comparative, Italian, Spanish, and French studies, as well as in history, history of medicine, and ancient and early modern religious studies. Contributors. Kevin Brownlee, Marina Scordilis Brownlee, Elizabeth Clark, Valeria Finucci, Dale Martin, Gianna Pomata, Maureen Quilligan, Nancy Siraisi, Peter Stallybrass,Valerie Traub
Category: History

Literature And The Contemporary

Author : Roger Luckhurst
ISBN : 9781317883616
Genre : Literary Criticism
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At the end of the century, much criticism has become devoted to `last things': the end of history, the end of the subject, the end of the novel, the end, even, of the end. Literature and the Contemporary, in contrast, aims to provide through twelve essays evidence of the way in which the literature of the 1990s is constantly engaging in questions of memory and history and the representation of time in the present day. The essays in the book survey theories of temporality from various cultural and philosophical standpoints, and represent critics writing from feminist, postcolonial and `queer' perspectives discussing literature in `our time'. The collection addresses such central issues as the politics of memory, colonial legacies, women's time, racial and sexual identities in the 1990s, and covers a wide range of contemporary authors, works and issues, some of which are treated for the first time. Among the contemporary works discussed are the prize-winning books Graham Swift's Last Orders, Anne Michaels' Fugitive Pieces, and Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. While discussing some of the most significant novels of the 1990s, this collection also offers a diverse yet cohesive critique of the millennial leanings of much `postmodernist' criticism, which it argues should be replaced by more variously nuanced engagements with literature and the contemporary.
Category: Literary Criticism

Lesbian Scandal And The Culture Of Modernism

Author : Jodie Medd
ISBN : 9781139560924
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Before lesbianism became a specific identity category in the West, its mere suggestion functioned as a powerful source of scandal in early twentieth-century British and Anglo-American culture. Reconsidering notions of the 'invisible' or 'apparitional' lesbian, Jodie Medd argues that lesbianism's representational instability, and the scandals it generated, rendered it an influential force within modern politics, law, art and the literature of modernist writers like James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf. Medd's analysis draws on legal proceedings and parliamentary debates as well as crises within modern literary production – patronage relations, literary obscenity and cultural authority – to reveal how lesbian suggestion forced modern political, cultural and literary institutions to negotiate their own identities, ideals and limits. Medd's text will be of great interest to scholars and graduate students in gender and women's studies, modernist literary studies and English literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

Property And Power In English Gothic Literature

Author : Ruth Bienstock Anolik
ISBN : 9780786498505
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"From detailed discussions of Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer to Sarah Water's Affinity, Anolik tackles the question of why possession always fails in the British gothic literary tradition. Clearly written and theoretically informed, this book is a valuable introduction to the burgeoning field of gothic studies."--Diane Long Hoeveler, author of The Gothic Ideology "Beginning with the origins of the Gothic, moving to a rich comparison of numerous nineteenth-century texts, and concluding with a compelling reading of the neo-Victorian contemporary novel, Property and Power in English Gothic Literature traces the Gothic novel's resistance to containment and order as it persistently fragments and decenters. Anolik makes a significant contribution to Gothic studies in her reading of the novel as a transgressive genre that subverts categorization and inherently resists various forms of critical and readerly ownership and possession."--Jolene Zigarovich, Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature "Teasing out multiple meanings of possession--ownership of property, body, gendered identity, and inner self--Ruth Anolik's study illuminates a variety of Gothic texts, including major eighteenth- and nineteenth-century examples of the genre as well as a neo-Victorian revision. Lucidly written, deftly argued, and usefully situated in relevant political and social contexts, this book makes a welcome contribution to Gothic studies."--Tamar Heller, author of Dead Secrets: Wilkie Collins and the Female Gothic Eighteenth-century England witnessed major social and economic changes, including the commodification of property, person and text through legal containments--enclosure, coverture, primogeniture, copyright. English Gothic authors responded with tropes that worked to dispel the assurances of possession--the contested castle, the beleaguered yet enduring woman, the haunting ghost, the disjointed narrative--warning that seemingly mundane codes of ownership have menacing implications, such as the civil death of women through marriage. This book explores the masterplot of the English Gothic text as a response to the Enlightenment's rational certainty regarding possession of self, property and narrative.
Category: Literary Criticism

Scottish Women S Gothic And Fantastic Writing

Author : Monica Germana
ISBN : 9780748686346
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book provides a critical survey of the gothic texts of late twentieth-century and contemporary Scottish women writers including Kate Atkinson, Ellen Galford, A.L. Kennedy, Ali Smith and Emma Tennant focusing on four themes: quests and other worlds, w
Category: Literary Criticism

Boss Ladies Watch Out

Author : Terry Castle
ISBN : 9781135225285
Genre : Literary Collections
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A new collection of essays on literature and sexuality by one of the wittiest and most iconoclastic critics writing today.
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Television Sex And Society

Author : Beth Johnson
ISBN : 9780826434982
Genre : Social Science
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Focuses upon contemporary expressions and representations of televisual sex, discussing British, US and Asian television, to engage with ideas of gender, genre and dramatic politics.
Category: Social Science