The repression of women and sexuality in Victorian literature

a thesis in English by Paula Marie Surdi

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  • English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism,
  • England -- Moral conditions -- History,
  • Sexual ethics -- England -- History,
  • Women -- Social conditions -- England,
  • Sex in literature,
  • Women in literature

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Statementby Paula Marie Surdi.
The Physical Object
Pagination53, [3] leaves ;
Number of Pages53
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Open LibraryOL22842754M

  Her mythmaking does not free Victorian women from the repression they surely suffered, but it suggests a fullness of life hitherto ignored. And it .   Like other works of art from centuries past, Victorian novels might offend contemporary readers, a case in point being the overt sexism and racism in D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love ().   Throughout history, for some convoluted reason, female sexuality and bodily empowerment has been seen as a threat, especially within deeply religious and socially strict communities. For as long.   The 15 most bizarre sex tips from the Victorian era M.D., wrote a sex book for the masses, with a title as hard to swallow as the advice itself. as “flirtatious women Author: Anna Pulley.

Nair’s women suffer from a system of sex – role stereotyping and repression that exist under patriarchal social organizations. Of course, patriarchy, in its different forms, has tried in many ways to repress, debase and humiliate women especially through the images represented in cultural and traditional forms. would have little reason to wish women would lack sexual desire; on the contrary, they would probably want women to have more sexual de-sire so as to increase the men’s own chances of forming even a temporary liaison. Meanwhile, women would have little or no reason to want to suppress female sexuality (either their own or that of other women).   While Freud described women as inferior to men, many women were instrumental in the development and advancement of psychoanalysis. The first woman to join Freud’s Vienna Psychoanalytic Society was Helene Deutsch in She published the first psychoanalytic book on women’s sexuality and wrote extensively on topics such as the psychology. FEMALE SEXUAL REPRESSION IN DRACULA Women in Bram Stoker’s Dracula are primarily presented in two ways: There is the sexual being created solely with the aid Dracula’s vampire influence, and the device manipulated and virtually exploited by the men throughout the novel to contribute to the fight between Dracula and Van Helsing and his companions.

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See search results for this author. Are you an author. Author: Russell M. Goldfarb. Studies sexual expression in literature of high quality.

Analyzes more than a dozen novels and poems that, in a variety of ways, treat topics such as intercourse, voyeurism, frigidity, masturbation, homosexuality, and incest. Victorian sexual morality --The problem of intention --Robert Browning's "The last ride together" --Alfred Tennyson's "Lancelot and Elaine" and "Pelleas and Ettarre" --Spasmodic poetry --Charles Dickens: orphans, incest, and repression --Charlotte Brontë's Villette --George Meredith's The ordeal of Richard Feverel --Psychologically oriented.

The Repression of Women in Victorian Society as Shown in 19th Century Literature 19th century literature reflects to a certain extent, several ways in which women were repressed in Victorian society.

They were considered inferior to men, and given a stereotypical image, showing them as gentle, loyal and angelic.

Near the end of the book, Fowles calls Sarah a “New Woman,” which was a term the Victorians used to denote a more independent and progressive type of woman, who often transgressed sexual norms in the name of social change.

In this transgression of sexual norms, New Women and fallen women were not so different. All the energy that went into writing conduct books telling women how to behave shows the concern that ‘proper’ feminine behaviour was far from natural, and had to be taught.

While recent work has done a lot to complicate overly simple ideas of Victorian prudery, the idea of Victorian sexual repression lingers. Sexual repression is often seen as the embodiment of the Victorian Era. 19th century literature helps us to understand the experiences of women in this period and the censorship faced by those trying to explore such Size: KB.

By mid-century the Victorian conjunction of moralism and scientific investigation produced ideas of orthodox human sexuality based on a combination of social and biological ideas. Popularly expressed, this amounted to 'Hogamus higamus, men are polygamous/Higamus hogamus, women are monogamous', with the added detail that 'the majority of women.

Women, and above all mothers, were the objects of sentimental idealization in Victorian literature and poetry. Fidelity within marriage, Houghton notes, was ‘the supreme virtue, and sexual irregularity the blackest of sins Adultery, especially in the case of a wife, and no matter what the extenuating circumstances, was spoken of with horror.

Sexually Posed Woman in Sensation Fiction Many people associate the term Victorian with the notion of sexual repression. Looking back at 19th century America, modern day culture has constructed a belief that the Victorians were straitlaced and sexually in the dark.

Sexuality And The Presentation Of Women English Literature Essay Women in the Victorian era were considered to obey their husband and conform to the social norms such as keeping the body pure.

A woman who didn’t keep her sexual passions in check was thought to have lost her way and would ultimately become shunned by her society.

This essay will examine the Victorian social institutions of marriage, motherhood, law, prostitution, and conventional sexual values, from a bourgeois woman’s point of view, all of which played roles in hindering women in day-to-day life, and furthered the notion of women as beings governed solely by their reproductive systems.

The best books on Sex in Victorian Literature recommended by Claire Jarvis. (), which put the onus on women involved in the sex trade. Prostitutes were put in lock hospitals and checked for venereal disease. The idea was that if you keep control of the prostitutes, you control the spread of disease.

Guide to Victorian Sex, 16 FebruaryPortsmouth Bookfest, with University of Portsmouth CCI and Portsmouth Writers’ Hub. William Sutton is involved with further anti-Valentine’s events in Portsmouth Bookfest: Premature Articulation and Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Lawless and the Flowers of Sin is published by Titan : William Sutton. Few things fascinate me more than the Victorian attitude towards sex, and Michael Masons The Making of Victorian Sexuality, published by Oxford University Press inis yet another welcome nail in the coffin of traditional views on this subject.

Mason starts his attack with an in-depth look at demographic data from the 19th century, with devastating results/5. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there’s many gender and sexuality breaking characters and incidents. During the Victorian-era women were very repressed, while the men always had the power.

In the vampire society, women had the chance to have sexual liberation, as well as a little more freedom than the normal Victorian women/5(5). The popular image of the Victorians is one of straight-laced prudery.

A society obsessed with sex as the unspoken vice, an evil that debased the individual, corrupted his soul, and weakened the public morality.

As such, sex was a subject that was strictly taboo and overt displays of affection frowned upon. Yet the Victorians enjoyed sex just as. The Dichotomy of Sexuality in the Victorian Era Our timeline focuses on the various forms of sexual repression and expression during the Victorian Era.

It demonstrates that the dichotomy of sexuality penetrated not only women, but also men, and it reveals the extent to which the idea of sex was permeated throughout Victorian society.

What affected the one sex also afftected the other sex, being called the "tandem theory" by Palmegiano (cf Kline 79). Hurst points out that the development of the ‚New Woman‘ was connected to the loss of long-established Victorian values (cf Hurst ).

Also women now had an active part in the sexual act. What Sexual Repression Symptoms Were Described in the History Books.

Victorian doctors recorded all kinds of symptoms in women who were evidently suffering from some kind of sexual repression, including a nervous disposition, insomnia, irritability, faintness, heaviness in the abdomen, muscle spasms, a tendency to cause trouble, and no appetite.

Victorian morality is a distillation of the moral views of the middle class in 19th century Britain, the Victorian era. Victorian values emerged in all classes and reached all facets of Victorian living. The values of the period—which can be classed as religion, morality, Evangelicalism, industrial work ethic, and personal improvement—took root in Victorian morality.

The Essay on Victorian Age Wrote Social Women. The Year was very significant. It was not only the year that Queen Victoria acceded the throne, but also the year that a new literary age was coined. The Victorian Age, more formally known, was a time of great prosperity in Great Britain's literature.

The Victorian Age produced a variety of. Victorian prudery, the idea of Victorian sexual repression lingers.

It has powerful roots in the prominent anti-Victorianist stance of modernist authors, notably Lytton. However, the Victorian repression theme plays a role in the sexuality of the novel because though good women and men were able to control their sexual appetites in Victorian society, we see them unable to resist giving into their desires in Dracula.

6 thoughts on “ Female Sexuality in Victorian Literature ” Erin Duffy Octo at pm. Group 4: Erin Duffy, Angie Carson, Jake Trost, Heather McFarlane, Cassandra Ballini. Throughout his body of work, Dickens typically portrays women as heavily idealized pictures of purity. The Victorian era is notoriously known as an era of female repression: sex, drugs and rock and roll—or rather, their Victorian counterparts—were believed to be highly taboo topics of conversation, and entirely unheard of in female : Riley Winters.

Victorian woman they transform into a precursor to today's feminist. The Hallers' paradox of Victorian women achieving sexual freedom by denying sexuality poses several problems. It assumes without evidence that women's sexual behavior conformed to the repressive norms set up in prescriptive literature; it implies that women consciously chose.

The repression of male sexuality is a billion dollar a year industry. The best part of it is that when you mutilate one infant he'll more than likely choose to. When a woman did express sexual desire, it was seen as a disease that needed to be taken care of immediately and with drastic measures – like removing the sex organs (Degler, ).

Sexual desire was thought to be a quality that only men should have in this time period (Degler, ). InRuth Smythers published a book in the Victorian. PSYCHOLOGY, SEXUALITY, AND SOCIAL CONTROL IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND1 ELIZABETH FEE Johns Hopkins University Historians torian of the "Victorian society have as begun the frame epitome to of challenge mind" of sexual as sexual the repression.

prevalent anxiety, The fear, view description and of denial Vic-Historians torian society as the epitome of sexual repression. The Victorian Joy of Sex: Prudish? Far from it. A racy new book reveals our ancestors could teach today's lovers a thing or two about, ahem, 'courtship' Book has many bits of advice from the.Augustine's sexual impulses were clearly a source of intense emotional pain for him, and this fact alone may account for the emphasis he places on his sexual sins.

Throughout the Confessions, the language Augustine uses to describe his sexual impulses is negative, reflecting images of disease, disorder, and corruption.