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Virginal Sexuality and Textuality in Victorian Literature
Virginal Sexuality and Textuality in Victorian Literature
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Lloyd Davis - Editor
SUNY series, The Body in Culture, History, and Religion
Price: $55.50 
Hardcover - 257 pages
Release Date: January 1993
ISBN10: 0-7914-1283-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1283-1

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Paperback - 257 pages
Release Date: December 1992
ISBN10: 0-7914-1284-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1284-8

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This book examines the figure of the virgin, a symbol central to many aspects of society and sexuality in nineteenth-century England, and its effects on the Victorian literary imagination. Studying the virgin as a social, sexual, and literary phenomenon, the volume contributes to current critical accounts of the relations among the body and language, gender, and discourse.

These essays explore the ways in which virginity is not a natural ideal but a complex cultural and literary sign. The authors rethink the virginal as a textual counter-example to the idealization of "natural sexuality."

"It collects some of the finest critics of Victorian literature; these critics interpret specific texts in ways illuminated by the shared emphasis on the centrality and paradoxicality of virginity. The topic is sexy, and interesting for that reason alone, and these authors are successful in doing the topic justice." -- Lori Lefkovitz, Kenyon College

Lloyd Davis is in the Department of English at the University of Queensland, Australia


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Part 1 Virginal Texts

Chapter 1 The Virgin Body as Victorian Text: An Introduction
Lloyd Davis


Chapter 2 Virginal Sex, Vaginal Text: The "Folds" of Frankenstein
Gerhard Joseph


Chapter 3 The Reader and the Virgin: What Next?
L. J. Swingle


Chapter 4 White Narratology: Gender and Reference in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White
Diane Elam


Part 2 Virginal Poeisis

Chapter 5 Representation and Repristination: Virginity in The Ring and the Book
Herbert F. Tucker


Chapter 6 Becoming the Poet: The Feminine Poet-Speaker in the Work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Dolores DeLuise with Michael Timko


Chapter 7 The Frozen Fountain: Christina Rossetti, the Virgin Model, and Youthful Pre-Raphaelitism
Barbara Garlick


Chapter 8 Like a Virgin: Coventry Patmore's Still Unknown Eros
John Maynard


Part 3 Virgin de Siècle

Chapter 9 What Lily Knew: Virginity in the 1890s
Adrienne Auslander Munich


Chapter 10 Confessing and Editing: The Politics of Purity in Hardy's Tess
Susan David Bernstein


Chapter 11 Gender and Sexual Dis-Ease in Dracula
Jeffrey L. Spear


Chapter 12 "The Inner Chambers of All Nameless Sin": The Beetle, Gothic Female Sexuality, and Oriental Barbarism
Kelly Hurley


Notes

Contributors

Index


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