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God Between Their Lips: Desire Between Women in Irigaray, Bronte, and Eliotby Kathryn Bond Stockton
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This book encompasses aspects of feminist theory, post-structuralist materialisms, Victorian essays, and two prominent nineteenth-century women's novels (Villette and Middlemarch) to explore desire between women as a form of what the author calls 'spiritual materialism'. By engaging specific texts by Irigary, Brontë, and Eliot, the author explores a surprising homology that makes materialism a hidden God. That is to say, post-structuralist feminists are caught on the horns of Victorians' obsession: how to chart channels between realms commonly considered approachable and those considered finally inaccessible.
Connecting the cultural domains of religion, sex, and work, this book encompasses aspects of feminist theory, post-structuralist materialisms, Victorian thought, and two prominent 19th-century women's novels (Charlotte Brontë's Villette and George Eliot's Middlemarch)—to understand desire between women as a form of "spiritual materialism."
This book explores desire between women as a form of "spiritual materialism" in writings by Luce Irigaray, Charlotte Brontë, and George Eliot. To begin with the study's underlying paradox, "spiritual materialism": the author wishes to understand why the act of grasping materialities—a sob in the body or the body itself—has so often required a spiritual discourse; why materialism, as a way of naming matter-on-its-own-terms, and material relations that still lie submerged, hidden from view, evoke the shadowy forms we call "spiritual."
The author explores desire between women as 'spiritual materialism' in the works of Irigaray, Bront
Table of Contents
Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I: 1. Bodies and God: post-structuralist feminists return to the fold of spiritual materialism; 2. Divine loss: Irigaray's erotics of a feminine fracture; 3. Lacking/labor; Part II: 4. Recollecting Charlotte Brontë; 5. Working for God autoerotically: approaching the bridegroom without a(r)rival in Brontë's Villette; 6. Recognizing George Eliot; 7. At home with desire: the domestication of St. Theresa in Eliot's Middlemarch; Postlude; Notes; Index.
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