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Depicting Desire

Gender, Sexuality and the Family in Nineteenth Century Europe: Literary and Artistic Perspectives

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Rachael Langford

This volume gathers together articles by leading international scholars of nineteenth-century culture in Europe. The contributions were originally presented at the conference ‘Textual Intersections in the Nineteenth Century: European Literatures, Histories and Arts’ held at Cardiff University in July 2001. The book explores depictions of gender, sexuality and the family in literature and is interdisciplinary in scope. It includes pieces on art history, book illustration, dance, music and philosophy as these intersect with literature in the portrayal of desire in nineteenth-century Europe. Each article attempts to foreground the links between genres, national traditions, and differing art forms in the exploration of representations of desire in nineteenth-century European literature.
Contents: Rachael Langford: Introduction: Culture and Society in Nineteenth-Century Europe - Points of Convergence – Victoria Best: Sex and the City: Angels and Demons in Second Empire Paris – Vivian Ralickas: The Abject Sublime in Poe – Michael Gratzke: Mondscheinjägerei. Joseph von Eichendorff’s Das Marmorbild as a mise-en-abîme – Nigel Harkness: Negotiating Masculinity: Nineteenth-Century Re-interpretations of Manon Lescaut – Blandine Chambost: Beyond the Frame: Female Excess in Zola’s L’Œuvre – Giovanna Silvani/Vanja Strukelj: The Legend of Salome in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Art – Elaine Pigeon: (Homo)sexuality and Impressionism in Henry James’s The Ambassadors – Robert Howes: Cartoon and Literary Images of Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century Portugal – Alison Sinclair: Errant Strands and Loose Ends: Subjugation and (Dis)closure in the Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Novel – Lisa P. Condé: Gender and Power in Pérez Galdós’s play, La loca de la casa (1893) – Isobel Hurst: ‘The Feminine of Homer’: Elizabeth Barett Browning’s Casa Guidi Windows – Anindyo Roy: ‘Gold and Bracelet, Water and Wave’: Signature and Translation in the Indian Poetry of Adela Cory Nicolson – Christine Colón: Framing the Texts: Power and Subversion in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White – Nicholas White: Green Eyes and Purple Prose: Late Nineteenth-Century French Divorce Literature - a Proposal for Research – Karl Leydecker: The Politics of Divorce: Fanny Lewald’s Eine Lebensfrage in the Context of Prussian Divorce Reform in the 1840s.