Women, Writing, and Fetishism, 1890-1950: Female Cross-gendering

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Clarendon Press, 2003 - 254 Seiten
Clare L. Taylor investigates the problematic question of female fetishism within modernist women's writing, 1890-1950. Drawing on gender and psychoanalytic theory, she re-examines the works of Sarah Grand, Radclyffe Hall, H.D., Djuna Barnes, and Anaïs Nin in the context of clinical discourses of sexology and psychoanalysis to present an alternative theory of female fetishism, challenging the clinical perspective that denies the existence of the perversion in women. Theauthor identifies a distinctive writing practice: fetishism, as envisioned by modernist women writers, is both sexual and textual. She shows how these writers produce a discourse that speaks of the very literariness of fetishism, bringing to the fore questions of gendered embodiment, women's writing, andsexual difference, and demonstrating how the cross-gendered woman as both the subject and the object of desire lies at the centre of this discourse.
 

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INTRODUCTION I
1
INVERTS
24
FEMALE CROSS
57
WOMAN AS FETISH OBJECT IN H D
105
DJUNA BARNESS
149
ANAÏS NINS DIARIES
191
BIBLIOGRAPHY
233
INDEX
249
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Clare L. Taylor is at New Dictionary of National Biography.

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