Feminine Subjects in Masculine Fiction: Modernity, Will and Desire, 1870-1910

Hardcover | April 26, 2013

byMeredith Miller

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This book examines the proliferation of troubled, unstable and unreadable female figures in the English novels written by men between 1870 and 1910. This period saw the birth of literary modernism, the advent of psychoanalysis and the first wave of feminism. The faculty of will and the experience of desire structure a troubled relationship to modernity during this period. The tension between them is located in the feminine subject of popular fiction. Chapters focus on the work of Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, George Gissing, Henry James, E.M. Forster and finally and briefly, James Joyce. These male novelists were far more engaged in the project of imagining a new feminine agency than their counterparts during feminism's second wave. The monograph focuses on the tension in their work between woman as aesthetic object of the novel and woman as troubling subject of a new modern consciousness. Inscrutable and troubling female characters were the ground on which fiction staged its move from the popular into high art.

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This book examines the proliferation of troubled, unstable and unreadable female figures in the English novels written by men between 1870 and 1910. This period saw the birth of literary modernism, the advent of psychoanalysis and the first wave of feminism. The faculty of will and the experience of desire structure a troubled relation...

Meredith Miller has published widely on gender, sexuality and popular fiction. She is the author of The Historical Dictionary of Lesbian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2006). She came to the UK in 1997, and completed her DPhil in English at the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence at University of Sussex in 2001. Her particular are...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:April 26, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230355188

ISBN - 13:9780230355187

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Wilkie Collins and Narrative Containment
3. Anthony Trollope: Gender, Law and the Psychological
4. Density, Will and Desire: Henry James, Aesthetics and the Subjective Turn
5. Emily's Will: George Gissing, Wage Labour and Aesthetic Desire
6. Sexuality and National Containment: E. M. Forster
7. Aim, Object and Fictional Strategy: Freud and Case Study Narrative
Coda: The Burial of 'The Dead'

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