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Author: Wendy S(uzanne) Weise

Title: Gender, Genre, and the Eroticization of Violence in Early Modern English Literature

Subtitle: -

Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, University of Arizona

Advisor: Meg L. Brown

Year: 2007

Pages: 164pp.

OCLC Number: 659748396 – Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | European History: English History | Representations: Literary Texts / Aphra Behn, John Milton


Link: UA Campus Repository: Digital Collections from the University of Arizona (Free Access)


Abstract: »In an analysis of literary and historical documents from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, Gender, Genre, and the Eroticization of Violence in Early Modern English Literature examines depictions of love, beauty, and desire and identifies within these discourses a rhetoric of violence. It explores how eroticized violence can be deployed to privilege male speakers and silence female voices. It also reveals, by pairing female- and male-authored works that make specific claims to represent gendered experience that early modern writers both recognized the mechanisms of violent representation as literary conventions and realized they could be deployed, exploited, resisted, fashioned to new ends. By integrating feminist psychoanalytic, film and architectural theories with literary analysis, this study demonstrates how spatial topographies in literary works can function as stimuli that provoke desire to turn violent. Gender, Genre, and the Eroticization of Violence ultimately identifies how this body of literature constructs and maintains genders and points to violence as a structural principle, bound by the hydraulics of subjectivity and cultural anxieties about gender, class, and literary production. Finally, this study identifies the residue of early modern ideas about desire and violence in the materials of our modern culture.« (Source: Thesis)


  Acknowledgements (p. 4)
  Dedication (p. 5)
  Abstract (p. 7)
  Introduction (p. 8)
  Violent Pursuits and Revolutionary Poetics: John Milton's Comus and Aphra Behn's "The Disappointment" (p. 23)
  Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder: Intimate Space and the Violence of Representation (p. 70)
  Same Sex Desire: A Refuge from the Violent? (p. 103)
  Conclusion (p. 137)
  Works Cited (p. 144)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England | Literature: English literature | 17th-century English writers: Aphra Behn, John Milton