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Sexing the mind : nineteenth-century fictions of hysteria

Author: Evelyne Ender
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sexing the Mind looks at scenes of hysteria in works by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert, George Eliot, and Henry James, as well as in the writings of Sigmund Freud, showing how these texts represent distinctive attempts to break loose from erotic, political, and epistemological models of Victorian masculinity and femininity. Through her approach, which is both closely textual (reading against the grain in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Henry James; George Sand; George Sand; Henry James; George Eliot; Henry James; George Sand; Henry James; George Sand
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Evelyne Ender
ISBN: 0801428262 9780801428265 0801480833 9780801480836
OCLC Number: 32510224
Description: xi, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Nineteenth-Century Hysteria: The Medical Context --
2. Henry James and George Sand: Scenes of Passion, Scenes of Hysteria --
3. The Bostonians: Representing the "Sentiment of Sex" --
4. Engendering the Mind: James, Freud, and George Sand --
5. Reading Sexual Difference: The Case of George Sand --
6. "Girls and Their Blind Visions": George Eliot, Hysteria, and History --
"Always Secrets of the Alcove": A Postscript.
Responsibility: Evelyne Ender.

Abstract:

Sexing the Mind looks at scenes of hysteria in works by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert, George Eliot, and Henry James, as well as in the writings of Sigmund Freud, showing how these texts represent distinctive attempts to break loose from erotic, political, and epistemological models of Victorian masculinity and femininity. Through her approach, which is both closely textual (reading against the grain in psychoanalytic and feminist fashion) and historical (retracing in medical and literary texts the manifestations of hysteria), Ender uncovers a series of discursive structures that "engender" the modern subject. Her book probes the interplay of writing, subjectivity, and sexual identity, and succeeds in showing how the nineteenth-century view of hysteria, from Sand to the early Freud, displays the competing claims of male/female consciousness.
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