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Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle
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on 10 December 2000
This book is an exploration into the literature and culture at the turn of the century in Victorian Britain.
Most of the chapters are concerned with discussing one specific aspect of the literary scene of the 19th century. For example, chapters focus on: the emerging phenomenon of the New Woman, Oscar Wilde and George Eliot in additon to the nwely emergent fiction of the Male Romance genre by authors such as Henry Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling. A chapter on Decadence and Homoerotcism has an excellent section on Dracula, where Showalter makes references to many contemporary films of the nineties.
The book is written from a feminist angle. That is to say that, Showalter illustrates how important BOTH male and female gender stereotypes were in influencing much of the culture during the nineteenth century. Easy to read, full of facts and more importantly very interesting and thus able to hold the attention, this book would be a useful study aid for anyone wishing to ivestigate attitudes towards gender and how these attitudes became a part of the literature of the period.
Showalter has utilised a wide variety of texts,art materials and films including highlighting many similarites between the fin de sielce of the 19th century and 20th century. I was surprised to be enlightened to the parallels between the two periods. I would reccommend this book to anyone interested in 19th century literature, particularly students studying 19th century courses at University.
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on 28 June 2015
Well researched and written in depth analysis
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