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Borderlines : the shiftings of gender in British romanticism

Author: Susan J Wolfson
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Opening with the revolution-era debates of the 1790s, Borderlines reads Romantic genders across a mobile syntax, tuned to such figures as the stylized "feminine" poetess, the aberrant "masculine" woman, male poets deemed "feminine" or "unmanly," the campy male "effeminate," and hapless or strategic cross-dressers of both sexes. With fresh readings of the works, careers, and volatile receptions of Mary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan J Wolfson
ISBN: 0804752974 9780804752978 0804761051 9780804761055
OCLC Number: 64208123
Description: xxii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: On the borderlines of gendered language --
Felicia Hemans and the stages of "the feminine" --
The generations of "masculine" woman --
Woman's life and "masculine" energy : the history of Maria Jane Jewsbury --
Lord Byron, Sardanapalus, and "effeminate character" --
Gender as cross-dressing in Don Juan : men & women, male & female, masculine & feminine --
Keats and gender acts : "had I man's fair form" --
Gendering Keats : "the character undecided, the way of life uncertain" --
Sex in souls?
Responsibility: Susan J. Wolfson.
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Shows how senses of gender shape and get shaped by sign systems that prove arbitrary, fluid, and susceptible of lively transformation.  Read more...

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"This year's most important book on gender... Wolfson's prose sparkles, and she refuses to sacrifice her delight in formalist craft to a dogmatic ideological agenda." -- Read more...

 
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