Gender and discourse in Victorian literature and art /
edited by Antony H. Harrison and Beverly Taylor.
DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, 1992.
xviii, 286 p. : ill.
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DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, 1992.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
This collection of original essays offers a broad and varied discussion of gender issues and treatments of sexuality in Victorian poetry, fiction, and visual arts. Featuring a representative selection of artists-poets, novelists, painters, sculptors, playwrights, and dancers-these critical analyses explore the ways in which women as artists, as subjects, and as icons function either to challenge and revise or to reify their society's gender ideologies. Enhanced by a diversity of approaches, the collection introduces revisionist readings of well-known literary works and examines interconnections between literature and the visual arts. In the first two parts, which address Victorian poetry and fiction, the readings illuminate previously unexplained features of poems and novels by such writers as Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Matthew Arnold, Christina Rossetti, A. C. Swinburne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Anne Bront , Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Kate Chopin, and Oscar Wilde. The third part of the collection focuses on the themes of gender conventions and subversions that occur in visual representations-paintings and cartoons, sculpture and architectural reliefs, drama, opera, and music-hall dance. Rather than presenting literature and art as self-contained, the collection advances the assumption that creative works participate in a larger ideological current of society. Thus, where relevant, the contributors reference politics, economics, science, and other modes of cultural discourse. Such an approach retrieves the historical contexts surrounding the production and reception of the poetry, fiction, and visual arts examined.
Table of Contents
"School-Miss Alfred" and "Materfamilias": Female Sexuality and Poetic Voice in The Princess and Aurora Leighp. 5
Dialogue on the Darkling Plain: Genre, Gender, and Audience in Matthew Arnold's Lyricsp. 30
Ambiguous Bodies: Keats and the Problem of Resurrection in Tennyson's "Demeter and Persephone"p. 49
"Equal before God": Christina Rossetti and the Fallen Women of Highgate Penitentiaryp. 67
Violence, Creativity, and the Feminine: Poetics and Gender Politics in Swinburne and Hopkinsp. 84
The Voicing of Feminine Desire in Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hallp. 111
Children of Empire: Victorian Imperialism and Sexual Politics in Dickens and Kiplingp. 124
Not All Men Are Selfish and Cruel: Felix Holt as a Feminist Novelp. 143
Gender and Silence in Thomas Hardy's Textsp. 161
Swinburne and the Critique of Ideology in The Awakeningp. 185
Visual Arts
"The Necessity of a Name": Portrayals and Betrayals of Victorian Women Artistsp. 207
Margaret M. Giles's Hero and the Sublime Female Nudep. 233
Salome: Exotic Woman and the Transcendent Dancep. 251
Contributorsp. 275
Indexp. 279
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