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Sisters in literature : female sexuality in Antigone, Middlemarch, Howards End, and Women in love

Author: Masako Hirai
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] : Macmillan Press ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Three classic English novels, George Eliot's Middlemarch, E.M. Forster's Howards End and D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, share a theme: they study the fortunes in love of two sisters, and all three books are descendants of Sophocles' Antigone, of which Forster said, ' ... of all the great tragic utterances that comes closest to my heart'.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: D H Lawrence; E M Forster; George Eliot; Antigone, (Mythological character); Sophocles.; D H Lawrence; E M Forster; George Eliot; Sophocle.; Antigone, (Mythological character); David Herbert (1885-1930) Lawrence; Edward Morgan (1879-1970) Forster; George (1819-1880) Eliot; Sophocle (0496?-0406 av. J.-C.).; Edward M Forster; David H Lawrence; Sophocles.; George Eliot
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Masako Hirai
ISBN: 0312214219 9780312214210 033373145X 9780333731451
OCLC Number: 38207848
Description: xii, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Common Doom. The Split in the Novelists. Mothering the Artist --
3. Reading Antigone. Antigone for George Eliot. Antigone and Eliot for D.H. Lawrence. Antigone and Eliot for E.M. Forster. Reading Antigone from the Sisters' Dialectic --
4. Middlemarch: From Heroic Legend to Emotional History. Beginning with Legend: History as Narrowing Path. Juxtaposition: Images and Counter-Images. Dialogue: Passion vs. Common Sense. Disillusionment and Sexual Images. Ending with a Diminished Myth: an Emotive History --
5. Howards End: From Letters to a Connecting Vision. Beginning with Letters: History as a Disconnected View. The Dilemma: Freedom and Discontinuity in Social and Sexual Myths. Dialogue: Poetry and Prose.
Responsibility: Masako Hirai.
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