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Sex and Death in Victorian Literature - Regina Barreca

Sex and Death in Victorian Literature

By: Regina Barreca (Editor)

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This collection of essays examines the links between the images of death and sexuality in Victorian fiction and poetry. The contributors examine the ways in which fear of death was placed beside sexual desire and how Victorian writers managed to write about sex without overtly referring to it. The essays include an examination of Count Dracula's eternal seductions, an exploration of the pairing of Eros and Thanatos in George Eliot's fiction and an exploration of the work of Ruskin. Some of the essays attempt to "undo" much of the preceding critical wisdom on the subject. The dialectics of sex and death, these critics claim, must be viewed as one of the most influential patterns in Victorian poetry and prose. Regina Barreca has written "Punch Lines: Women, Comedy and Subversion in English and American Literature" and is editor of "Last Laughs: Perspectives on Women and Comedy".

Notes on the Contributors - Preface - Introduction: Coming and Going in Victorian Literature; R.Barreca - 'You did not come': Absence, Death and Eroticism in Tess; J.Kincaid - Loving You All Ways: Vamps, Vampires, Necrophiles and Necrofilles in Nineteenth Century Fiction; R.Tracy - Tennyson's Sword: From 'Mungo the American' to Idylls of the King; G.Joseph - Eros, Chronos and Mortal Closure: The Case of Daniel Deronda; G.Stewart - Undoing Ruskin; M.A.Caws - Controlling Death and Sex: Magnification vs the Rhetoric of Rules in Dickens and Thackeray; C.Hanbury MacKay - Art, Sexuality and Late Victorian Supernaturalism; R.Gagnier - The Plot of the Beautiful Ignoramus: Gaskell's Ruth and the Tradition of the Fallen Woman; H.Schor - 'Through Death to Love': Terminal Sexuality and the Pre-Raphaelites; R.Zweig - Death and Sex from Tennyson's Early Poetry to In Memoriam; S.Manning - The Double Death of Eurydice: A Discussion of Browning and Mythology; R.Steiner - The Power of Excommunication: Sex and the Feminine Text in Wuthering Heights; R.Barreca - Dialogue with the Dead: The deceased beloved as Muse; E.Bronfen - Index

ISBN: 9780333467275
ISBN-10: 0333467272
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th January 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2