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The Resource Unstable bodies : Victorian representations of sexuality and maternity, Jill L. Matus

Unstable bodies : Victorian representations of sexuality and maternity, Jill L. Matus

Label
Unstable bodies : Victorian representations of sexuality and maternity
Title
Unstable bodies
Title remainder
Victorian representations of sexuality and maternity
Statement of responsibility
Jill L. Matus
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jill Matus uses bio-medical, social scientific and literary texts to interrogate Victorian concepts of sexual difference. Departing from the usual critical focus on Victorian conceptions of the sexes as incommensurably different, she emphasises the powerful effects in Victorian culture of notions of sexual instability and approximation. While ideas about mutable or ambiguous sexuality provoked fear and fascination, they also served Victorian middle-class ideology by offering 'scientific' ways of constructing racial, class and national identity in terms of the body. Throughout this period fierce public debates raged around prostitution, infanticide, working-class sexuality, female reproduction and domesticity. Drawing on works by Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and the Brontes, Matus explores the dialogue between literary and other discourses of sexuality. Unstable bodies will be an essential reference work for students and scholars working in Victorian literary and cultural studies, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Matus, Jill L.
Dewey number
306.7/082
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ29
LC item number
.M44 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1996 D-621
  • HQ 29
NLM item number
M445u 1995
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • Sexual ethics
  • Women and literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Motherhood
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Women
  • Ethics
  • Literature, Modern
  • Mothers
  • United Kingdom
  • Seksualiteit
  • Moederschap
  • Victoriaanse tijd
  • Femmes
  • Morale sexuelle
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Sexualité dans la littérature
  • Maternité
Label
Unstable bodies : Victorian representations of sexuality and maternity, Jill L. Matus
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Unstable bodies -- Ch. 1. Sexual slippage and approximation in Victorian biomedical discourse. Sex as a continuum. Nature and culture. The sexual instincts. The politics of instability -- Ch. 2. The making of the moral mother: working class sexuality in Mary Barton -- Ch. 3. Confession, secrecy and exhibition. Agnes Grey and the 'animal side of life'. Passionlessness and prostitution in Ruth. Looking at Cleopatra: the exhibition and expression of desire in Villette -- Ch. 4. Maternal deviance. Wet-nurses, infanticide and the discourse of motherhood. 'The unnaturalness of her crime': maternal instinct in Adam Bede. Sorrow on the Sea: The business of maternity. Madness and badness: Lady Audley's Secret -- Ch. 5. From hysteria to maternity: Saint Teresa and the Madonna in Middlemarch
Control code
30919385
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9780719043482
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94022957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1313103
Label
Unstable bodies : Victorian representations of sexuality and maternity, Jill L. Matus
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Unstable bodies -- Ch. 1. Sexual slippage and approximation in Victorian biomedical discourse. Sex as a continuum. Nature and culture. The sexual instincts. The politics of instability -- Ch. 2. The making of the moral mother: working class sexuality in Mary Barton -- Ch. 3. Confession, secrecy and exhibition. Agnes Grey and the 'animal side of life'. Passionlessness and prostitution in Ruth. Looking at Cleopatra: the exhibition and expression of desire in Villette -- Ch. 4. Maternal deviance. Wet-nurses, infanticide and the discourse of motherhood. 'The unnaturalness of her crime': maternal instinct in Adam Bede. Sorrow on the Sea: The business of maternity. Madness and badness: Lady Audley's Secret -- Ch. 5. From hysteria to maternity: Saint Teresa and the Madonna in Middlemarch
Control code
30919385
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9780719043482
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94022957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1313103

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