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Shelves: history A thorough exploration of the idea and feeling of the fin de siecle both in the 19th century and the 20th century, particularly through the lens of sexuality and gender and how those are represented in culture.
So many of the same fears: the decline of civilization due to the changing roles of men and women and a sexually transmitted disease, no matter what the century. In such a book it is A thorough exploration of the idea and feeling of the fin de siecle both in the 19th century and the 20th century, particularly through the lens of sexuality and gender and how those are represented in culture.
In such a book it is always hard to choose what items and themes to explore and what ones not to include. There is always something that someone feels should have been in the text; it is not possible to cover everything. Sometimes one must be sacrificed for another for the sake of the conciseness of the arguments and points as well as readability.
That being said, I was still surprised that more attention was not paid to lesbians in the various cultural expression. There was less produced in the 19th century in comparison to well-known works of gays and the subtext of homosexuality in the popular adventure stories and stories like Dracula or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but it did exist. I also thought that the analysis of Salome, and Dracula to some extent, went a little too far time wise.
The focus of this book was the phenomena of the fin de siecle but when the analysis is brought to the 30s, 50, 70s, and beyond for Salome and Dracula you lose some of that specific touchstone around which this book is constructed. It is well written and provides many areas of analysis and is not just limited to one form of cultural expression that is explored.
Visual art, theater, film, politics, and other aspects of culture are touched on lightly but the focus is on the written word. The lens of interpretation is modern feminist, which sometimes -- at least to this I was a little disappointed to find this book is primarily a work of literary criticism and not a consideration of the broader implications of sexual turmoil at the turning of the last two centuries.
The lens of interpretation is modern feminist, which sometimes -- at least to this penetrating male eye -- contorts the conclusions into uncomfortable, even obsessive, patterns of gender animosity, ideas with some validity but which never tell the entire story. My favorite chapters here are about the New Woman authors and the writers, male and female, who wrote in reaction to the popularity of George Eliot. Not the book I was expecting to read but readable in the extreme and, even when I did not buy its conclusions, always thought-provoking.
I was mostly aiming for the New Woman chapters, since that is what my essay will deal with, but decided to read the whole book since it is truly a smooth read and very informative, giving a general insight into fin-de-siecle culture.
Not only does it discuss elements of fin-de-siecle culture in minute detail, this book also manages to connect these with contemporary for the time - it was published in the late Sexual Anarchy is pretty much a must-read for anyone interested in the fin de siecle. Not only does it discuss elements of fin-de-siecle culture in minute detail, this book also manages to connect these with contemporary for the time - it was published in the late 20th century issues.
The chapter on AIDS and venereal disease, for example, was very interesting for its description of the similarities in discourse surrounding these diseases in their historical context. Though some of the material is slightly outdated by now, as research into this specific area has increased rather a lot in the past decades, it is still a good start for any student looking for a handbook to guide them through the basic principles of the late Victorians.
Actually, this book is a really incisive look at English attitudes towards sex, the body, gender, and sexuality at the end of the 19th century. Just goes to show that sex and the body are societal fears that Another book I plan to keep on my coffee table when I become a pastor, just to keep people on their toes. Just goes to show that sex and the body are societal fears that never die, no matter how much we seem to "progress.
Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle
The intellect is willing; but perhaps the emotions are not … not enough, at least. So that I know that every once in a while I need to have a true believer set me right again. Professor Showalter? I mean I think you can choose any topic to talk about, especially in literature which deals with all of human experience.
Kazilkis The different political interests of men and women created a severe strain in relations between the sexes. Single women may not be odd at all in the future but rather the majority, ad they are already in some cultures dexual some countries. The disappearance of the anarcjy suggested a movement away from subjects, themes, and forms associated with femininity and maternity. Later she uses plays e. This netherworld of darkest England thus presented the perpetual threat of class revolution; any minute, it was feared, showalfer might rise up in revolt.