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Friday, October 23, 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020 12:30 am by M. in ,    No comments
A new scholar book with Brontë-related content:
Women Writing the Neo-Victorian Novel
Erotic "Victorians"

Kathleen Renk
Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN 978-3-030-48286-2

Women Writing the Neo-Victorian Novel: Erotic “Victorians” focuses on the work of British, Irish, and Commonwealth women writers such as A.S. Byatt, Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, Helen Humphreys, Margaret Atwood, and Ahdaf Soueif, among others, and their attempts to re-envision the erotic. Kathleen Renk argues that women writers of the neo-Victorian novel are far more philosophical in their approach to representing the erotic than male writers and draw more heavily on Victorian conventions that would proscribe the graphic depiction of sexual acts, thus leaving more to the reader’s imagination. This book addresses the following questions: Why are women writers drawn to the neo-Victorian genre and what does this reveal about the state of contemporary feminism? How do classical and contemporary forms of the erotic play into the ways in which women writers address the Victorian “woman question”?  How exactly is the erotic used to underscore women’s creative potential?
Chapter 2 is 'Eros and the Woman Writer: Conversing with the Spirits of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Brontë, and E. Nesbit'


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