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The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny (Ideologies of Desire)

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Publisher Comments:

The work of leading scholar Terry Castle, called by the New York Times "always engaging...consistently fascinating," has helped to revolutionize eighteenth-century studies. The Female Thermometer brings together Castle's essays on the phantasmagoric side of eighteenth-century literature and culture. Taking as her emblem the fanciful "female thermometer," an imaginary instrument invented by eighteenth-century satirists to measure levels of female sexual arousal, Castle explores what she calls the "impinging strangeness" of the eighteenth-century imagination--the ways in which the rationalist imperatives of the age paradoxically worked to produce what Freud would later call the uncanny. In essays on doubling and fantasy in the novels of Defoe and Richardson, sexual impersonators and the dream-like world of the eighteenth-century masquerade, magic-lantern shows, automata, and other surreal inventions of Enlightenment science, and the hallucinatory obsessions of Gothic fiction, Castle offers a haunting portrait of a remarkable epoch. Her collection explores the links between material culture, gender, and the rise of modern forms and formulas of subjectivity, effectively rewriting the cultural history of modern Europe from a materialist and feminist perspective.

Synopsis:

A collection of the author's essays on the history and development of female identity from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Throughout the book are woven themes which are constant in Castle's work: fantasy, hallucination, travesty, transgression and sexual ambiguity.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-268) and index.

About the Author

Terry Castle is Professor of English at Stanford University. She is the author of The Apparitional Lesbian (1993) and editor of the Oxford's forthcoming The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195080988
Subtitle:
Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny
Author:
Castle, Terry
Author:
null, Terry
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 18th C
Subject:
English literature -- 18th century.
Subject:
Femininity in literature.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
2
Series:
Ideologies of Desire
Series Volume:
97
Publication Date:
19950504
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
49 halftones
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.12x6.07x.85 in. .99 lbs.

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