top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
The Language of the Eyes
Science, Sexuality, and Female Vision in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1927
The Language of the Eyes
Click on image to enlarge

Daryl Ogden - Author
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 286 pages
Release Date: July 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6499-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6499-1

Quantity:  
Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 286 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6500-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6500-4

Quantity:  

Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Recovers a dynamic women’s tradition of vision and sexuality, challenging Darwinian and Freudian accounts of women as nonvisual sexual agents.

While Darwinian and Freudian theories of vision and sexuality have represented women as lacking visual agency, Daryl Ogden’s The Language of the Eyes argues that “the gaze” is not merely a masculine phenomenon, and that women have powerfully desiring eyes as well. Ogden offers a comprehensive cultural history of female visuality in England by analyzing scientific writings, conduct books, illustrated periodicals, poetry, painting, and novels, and he makes important and hitherto unrecognized connections between literary history, cultural studies, and science studies. In so doing, Ogden accomplishes what numerous feminist critics—especially film theorists—have not: the recovery of the modern female spectator from historical obscurity.

“Ogden constructs a wide-ranging narrative from a miscellany of competing discourses of vision … it is to be hoped that Ogden’s illuminating book might profitably be read by contemporary psychobiologists.” — English Literature in Transition

“This is a remarkable book, full of fresh and important insights. Ogden’s perspective offers a new way of thinking about how attitudes toward women—whether among men or women—were shaped by a very narrow grammar that ruled ‘the language of the eyes.’” — Alan Rauch, author of Useful Knowledge: The Victorians, Morality, and the March of Intellect

Daryl Ogden is Executive Director of Project GRAD Long Island.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Feminine Language of the Eyes?

1. The Conduct of the Eyes: Feminine Discourses of Vision in Eighteenth-Century England

Case Study 1. Lesbian Vision in Clarissa

2. Ocular Reproduction, Sexual Difference, and Romantic Vision

Case Study 2. Domestic and Sexual Vision in Adam Bede

3. The Descent of Sexual Selection: Evolution and the Politics of Female Vision in Victorian England

Case Study 3. Female Spectatorship and Sexual Selection in Far from the Madding Crowd

4. Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, and the Modernist Female Spectator

Case Study 4. Feminine Epistemology and Visual Desire in To the Lighthouse

Conclusion: Clarissa Dalloway and Modern Female Visuality in England

Notes

Bibliography

Index



Related Subjects
44060/44061(JP/MS/MC)

Related Titles

The Marked Body
The Marked Body
Persian Literature
Persian Literature
The Apple in the Monkey Tree
The Apple in the Monkey Tree
Shattered Vessels
Shattered Vessels
Doctrine and Poetry
Doctrine and Poetry
Translations of the Gospel Back into Tongues
Translations of the Gospel Back into Tongues
Poets on the Edge
Poets on the Edge
Chaosmos
Chaosmos
Romantic Psychoanalysis
Romantic Psychoanalysis
From Girl to Woman
From Girl to Woman



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg