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Libidinal currents : sexuality and the shaping of modernism

Libidinal currents : sexuality and the shaping of modernism

Author: Joseph Allen Boone
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"From Kate Chopin and Virginia Woolf to William Faulkner and Doris Lessing, modern fiction surges with libidinal currents. The most powerful of these fictions are not merely about sex rather, they attempt to incorporate the workings of eros into their narrative forms. In doing so, Joseph Allen Boone argues, these modern fictions of sexuality create a politics and poetics of the perverse with the power to transform  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: A Andrae
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Allen Boone
ISBN: 0226064662 9780226064666 0226064670 9780226064673
OCLC Number: 37369153
Description: xii, 513 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Modernity's Fictions of Sexuality: Definitions / Parameters / Desires --
Policing and Depolicing the Theory of the Novel: Repression, Transgression, and the Erotics of "Heretic Narrative" in "Victorian" Fiction --
Villette / Charlotte Bronte --
Channeling the Floods of Desire: Women, Water, and the Plot of Sexual Awakening in Turn-of-the-Century Narrative --
The Awakening: Swimming into the Unknown / Kate Chopin --
The Virgin and the Gipsy: "Listen for the Voice of the Water" / D.H. Lawrence --
Dora: (Freud's) Wet Dreams / Sigmund Freud --
Modernist Theaters of the Mind I: Staging Sexuality in the Flux of Consciousness --
Ulysses: (Re)Staging Sexuality in "Circe", Performing (as) "Penelope" / James Joyce --
Mrs. Dalloway: Representing "the Unseen Part of Us, Which Spreads Wide" / Virginia Woolf --
Theaters of the Mind II: Queer Sites in Modernism: Harlem / The Left Bank / Greenwich Village in the 1920s and 1930s --
"Smoke, Lilies, and Jade": Harlem as a Homo State of Mind / Bruce Nugent --
Nightwood: Worlds of Night in the City of Light / Djuna Barnes --
The Young and Evil: A Walk on the Wild Side / Charles Henri Ford, Parker Tyler --
Strange Brother: Strange Passages / Blair Niles --
Under the Shadow of Fascism: Oedipus, Sexual Anxiety, and the Deauthorizing Designs of Paternal Narrative --
Absalom, Absalom!: Creation by the Father's Fiat / William Faulkner --
The Man Who Loved Children: At the Crossroads of Myth and Psychoanalysis / Christina Stead.
Responsibility: Joseph Allen Boone.
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Argues that modern fiction, from Kate Chopin and Virginia Woolf to William Faulkner and Doris Lessing, surges with libidinal currents. This work maps the historical contexts that have influenced  Read more...


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