Virginal Sexuality and Textuality in Victorian Literature

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Lloyd Davis
SUNY Press - 257 sivua
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.
 

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What Next?
33
Gender and Reference
49
The Feminine Poet
87
Christina Rossetti
105
Coventry Patmores
129
Virginity in the 18903
143
The Politics
159
Gender and Sexual DisEase in Dracula
179
The Inner Chambers of All Nameless
193
Notes
215
Contributors
251
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Lloyd Davis is in the Department of English at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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