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Victorian discourses on sexuality and religion /
John Maynard.
imprint
Cambridge, [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
description
xii, 394 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521332540 (hardback)
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imprint
Cambridge, [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
isbn
0521332540 (hardback)
catalogue key
188675
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-375) and index.
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John Maynard's original and provocative study looks at sexuality and religion as creations of language, in the literary and cultural discourses of Victorian England. Maynard articulates and interprets the strikingly complex and varied ways in which key religious figures placed the relation of sexuality and religion at the centre of their work.
Main Description
John Maynard’s original and provocative study looks at sexuality and religion as creations of language, in the literary and cultural discourses of Victorian England. After a wide-ranging introduction (drawing on myth, anthropology, comparative religion and the history of sexuality) Maynard goes on to articulate and interpret the strikingly complex and varied ways in which the earnest sceptic Arthur Hugh Clough, the Protestant Charles Kingsley, and the Catholic convert Coventry Patmore placed the relation of sexuality and religion at the centre of their work. A final chapter on Jude the Obscure demonstrates Thomas Hardy’s deconstruction of the endeavour to make sense of sexuality and religion, fragmenting this inherited discourse into mere words and bodily parts, in a disintegration of the great constructive vision of his predecessors.
Main Description
John Maynard's original and provocative study looks at sexuality and religion as creations of language, in the literary and cultural discourses of Victorian England. After a wide-ranging introduction (drawing on myth, anthropology, comparative religion and the history of sexuality) Maynard goes on to articulate and interpret the strikingly complex and varied ways in which the earnest sceptic Arthur Hugh Clough, the Protestant Charles Kingsley, and the Catholic convert Coventry Patmore placed the relation of sexuality and religion at the centre of their work. A final chapter on Jude the Obscure demonstrates Thomas Hardy's deconstruction of the endeavour to make sense of sexuality and religion, fragmenting this inherited discourse into mere words and bodily parts, in a disintegration of the great constructive vision of his predecessors.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the subject somewhat broadly conceived
From Cloister to æGreat Sinful StreetsÆ: Arthur Hugh Clough and the Victorian æQuestion of SexÆ
Sexual Christianity: Charles KingsleyÆs sexual via media
Known and unknown desire: Conventry PatmoreÆs Search for Eros
Conclusion:
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