The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny by Terry Castle

The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny

byTerry Castle

Paperback | May 1, 1995

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$36.97 online 
$73.95
Earn 185 plum® points

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

The work of leading scholar Terry Castle, called by the New York Times "always engaging...consistently fascinating," has helped to revolutionize eighteenth-century studies. The Female Thermometer brings together Castle's essays on the phantasmagoric side of eighteenth-century literature andculture. Taking as her emblem the fanciful "female thermometer," an imaginary instrument invented by eighteenth-century satirists to measure levels of female sexual arousal, Castle explores what she calls the "impinging strangeness" of the eighteenth-century imagination--the ways in which therationalist imperatives of the age paradoxically worked to produce what Freud would later call the uncanny. In essays on doubling and fantasy in the novels of Defoe and Richardson, sexual impersonators and the dream-like world of the eighteenth-century masquerade, magic-lantern shows, automata, andother surreal inventions of Enlightenment science, and the hallucinatory obsessions of Gothic fiction, Castle offers a haunting portrait of a remarkable epoch. Her collection explores the links between material culture, gender, and the rise of modern forms and formulas of subjectivity, effectivelyrewriting the cultural history of modern Europe from a materialist and feminist perspective.

About The Author

Terry Castle is Professor of English at Stanford University. She is the author of The Apparitional Lesbian (1993) and editor of the Oxford's forthcoming The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology.
FearMaker: Family Matters
FearMaker: Family Matters

by Terry Castle

$8.39

Available for download

Not available in stores

The Professor and Other Writings
The Professor and Other Writings

by Terry Castle

$17.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

Boss Ladies, Watch Out!: Essays on Women, Sex and Writing
Boss Ladies, Watch Out!: Essays on Women, Sex and Writing

by Terry Castle

$53.74

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the UncannyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019508098X

ISBN - 13:9780195080988

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"...Castle is our best historian of desire, and, as such, she is one of those responsible for the renovation of this business, making it new and exciting."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900