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The masochistic pleasures of sentimental literature, Marianne Noble

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The masochistic pleasures of sentimental literature
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The masochistic pleasures of sentimental literature
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Marianne Noble
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eng
Summary
For generations, critics have noticed in nineteenth-century American women's sentimentality a streak of masochism, but their discussions of it have over-simplified its complex relationship to women's power. Marianne Noble argues that tropes of eroticized domination in sentimental literature must be recognized for what they were: a double-edged sword of both oppression and empowerment. She begins by exploring the cultural forces that came together to create this ideology of desire, particularly Protestant discourses relating suffering to love and middle-class discourses of "true womanhood." She goes on to demonstrate how sentimental literature takes advantage of the expressive power in the convergence of these two discourses to imagine women's romantic desire. Therefore, in sentimental literature, images of eroticized domination are not antithetical to female pleasure but rather can be constitutive of it. The book, however, does not simply celebrate that fact. In readings of Warner's The Wide Wide World, Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Dickinson's sentimental poetry, it addresses the complex benefits and costs of nineteenth-century women's literary masochism. Ultimately it shows how these authors both exploited and were shaped by this discursive practice. The Masochistic Pleasures of Sentimental Literature exemplifies new trends in "Third Wave" feminist scholarship, presenting cultural and historical research informed by clear, lucid discussions of psychoanalytic and literary theory. It demonstrates that contemporary theories of masochism--including those of Deleuze, Bataille, Kristeva, Benjamin, Bersani, Noyes, Mansfield--are more relevant and comprehensible when considered in relation to sentimental literature
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
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The masochistic pleasures of sentimental literature, Marianne Noble
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The masochistic pleasures of sentimental literature, Marianne Noble
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http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/j.ctt7stj5
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-250) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Ecstasies of Sentimental Wounding in Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The Epistemology of Wounds
  • A Raging, Burning Storm of Feeling
  • The Revenge of Cato's Daughter: Emily Dickinson's Uses of Sentimental Masochism
  • The Power of Sentimental Masochism
  • The Erotics of Sentimental Masochism
  • The Presence of Sentimental Masochism
  • Conclusion The Possibility of Masochism
  • Introduction "Weird Curves": Masochism and Feminism
  • Masochistic Discourses of Womanhood
  • Sentimental Masochism
  • The Parallel Structures of Sentimentalism and Masochism
  • "The Lineaments of the Divine Master"
  • "An Ecstasy of Apprehension": The Erotics, of Domination in The Wide, Wide World
  • The Making of a Masochist
  • Horsewhipping and the Exploration of Desire
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1 online resource (viii, 258 pages)
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online
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9781400812806
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
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