The Opposite of Desire

The Opposite of Desire : Sex and Pleasure in the Modernist Novel

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The Opposite of Desire examines explicit representations of sex and sexuality in modernist novels, and it asserts that those scenes provide a lens through which one can explore modernist aesthetic interests, as well as the centrality of issues surrounding sex, sexuality, and gender in the modernist period. With the aid of Michel Foucault's theories about sexual discourses, Tonya Krouse shows how the modernists represent the idea of pleasure in their novels.
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  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739123386
  • 9780739123386

About Tonya Krouse

Tonya Krouse is assistant professor of English at Northern Kentucky University.
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The writers under study here grapple with the literary representation of pleasure, of putting the joy, the pain, the potential for ecstatic transcendence and abysmal degradation of sex into words. This book clearly shows the difficulty of capturing such a human experience. English Literature In Translation, February 2010 This is a lively and provocative discussion of issues of pleasure and sexuality in Modernist texts. In addition to analyzing the usual suspects, D. H. Lawrence and James Joyce, Krouse offers a provocative interpretation of Virginia Woolf's focus on perverse and marginalized sexualities. Making auspicious use of poststructuralism and Foucault's theories, Krouse provides a scintillating re-examination of some prickly issues in Modernist fiction. -- Suzette A. Henke, Thruston B. Morton, Sr. Chair of Literary Studies, University of Louisville
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Table of contents

1 Contents 2 List of Abbreviations 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 1. Modernist Aesthetics and the Scene of Sex Chapter 5 2. Women in Love and the Problem of Explicit Sex Chapter 6 3. Lady Chatterley's Lover as Program for Pleasure Chapter 7 4. Regulatory Pleasures and Same-Sex Love in Mrs. Dalloway Chapter 8 5. Orlando and the Discourse of Love Chapter 9 6. Pleasure and Sexuality in "Circe's" Sadomasochistic Enactments Chapter 10 7. "Pleasuring" Molly Bloom Chapter 11 Epilogue 12 Bibliography 13 Index 14 About the Author
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