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Women and Sexual Love in the British Novel, 1740-1880 : A 'craving Vacancy' - Susan Ostrov Weisser

Women and Sexual Love in the British Novel, 1740-1880

A 'craving Vacancy'

Paperback Published: 17th December 1996
ISBN: 9780333630204
Number Of Pages: 190

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Susan Weisser explores the ways in which four British novelists used and transformed the theme of women's relation to sexual love in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Looking closely at novels by Samuel Richardson, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte and George Eliot, the author analyzes the moment in cultural history when gender roles, sexuality and literature met to become a new ideology: one in which the discourses of sexuality and romantic love are seen as both constructive of female freedom and destructive of female identity.

Preface: 'Craving Vacancy' - Sexual Meanings and the Problem of Love - Chastity and 'Rumour'd Heavens': 'Woman' and the Double Message of Sexual Love - The Light in the Cavern: Samuel Richardson and Sexual Love - Thornfield and 'The Dream of Repose': Jane Eyre - Down the Forbidden Path: Villette - Wild Desire and Quenchless Will: Wuthering Heights - Sexual Possibilities and Impossibilities: George Eliot and the 'Hidden Wound' - Conclusion - Notes - Index

ISBN: 9780333630204
ISBN-10: 0333630203
Series: Craving Vacancy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 17th December 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 13

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