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"The shape of uncles": Capitalism, affection, and the cultural construction of the Victorian family
Although the father-centered family was a powerful instrument of social control in the Victorian period, and the father/child bond was presumed to be the natural prototype of all brands of civil interaction, I suggest that ...
Transvaluing immaturity: Hellenism, primitivism, and a reverse discourse of male homosexuality in late-Victorian and Edwardian narrative
Late-Victorian and Edwardian British ideology represented male homosexuals as psychically and somatically arrested. In response, many middle-class, male homosexual writers drew on versions of Hellenic pederasty and primitivism ...
Historicizing performativity: Constructing identities in Victorian England
This dissertation draws upon performance theory and new historicism to read Victorian literature and culture. By fusing the gender consciousness and social constructionist agenda of the former with the rigorous dedication ...
Sex and the marriage plot: Stories of defloration in the British novel
This dissertation traces the changing story of female sexuality--a distinctly heterosexual story--through three pairs of British novels written between the 1740s and the 1860s. The central trope of the dissertation is ...