Unstable bodies : Victorian representations of sexuality and maternity /

Main Author: Matus, Jill L., 1952-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Manchester ; New York : New York, NY, USA : Manchester University Press ; 1995
Table of Contents:
  • Sexual slippage and approximation in Victorian biomedical discourse
  • Sex as a continuum
  • Nature and culture
  • The sexual instincts
  • The politics of instability
  • The making of the moral mother: working class sexuality in Mary Barton
  • Confession, secrecy and exhibition
  • Agnes Grey and the 'animal side of life'
  • Passionlessness and prostitution in Ruth
  • Looking at Cleopatra: the exhibition and expression of desire in Villette
  • Maternal deviance
  • Wet-nurses, infanticide and the discourse of motherhood
  • 'The unnaturalness of her crime': maternal instinct in Adam Bede
  • Sorrow on the Sea: the business of maternity
  • Madness and badness: Lady Audley's Secret
  • From hysteria to maternity: Saint Teresa and the Madonna in Middlemarch.