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Incest in contemporary literature

Miles Leeson (ed.)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This is the first edited collection of essays which focuses on the incest taboo and its literary and cultural presentation from the 1950s to the present day; it considers a number of authors rather ... More


The Context of Louise DeSalvo’s Impact: Incest in Virginia Woolf’s Biography

Mark Hussey

in Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262274
eISBN:
9780823266418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262274.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Mark Hussey discusses the reception of DeSalvo’s Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Her Life and Work (1989) in Woolf studies and mainstream “intellectual media” at a historical ... More


Incest and immorality

Sarah-Anne Buckley

in The cruelty man: Child welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780719087660
eISBN:
9781781706275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087660.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter Five looks at the ‘hidden’ Ireland, in particular the issue of incest and sexual immorality. In 1908, the Punishment of Incest Act was passed by the British parliament, and incest became a ... More


Sexual Choice

Anne C. Dailey

in Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780300188837
eISBN:
9780300190083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300188837.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

The right of sexual autonomy occupies a central place in our constitutional scheme of individual liberties. Consensual sexual relations, including fornication, adultery, and sodomy, now presumptively ... More


Barriers to Marriage

Eve M. Brank

in The Psychology of Family Law

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781479865413
eISBN:
9781479882601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479865413.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Family Law

In the U.S., individual states hold the power of marriage regulation and decide who can and cannot get married. As such, a number of barriers to marriage either are, or historically have been, in ... More


The Necessity Defense

Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf

in Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780231175142
eISBN:
9780231540957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175142.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Nearly all of the existing uses that humans make of animals, their products and their body parts are plainly unjustified, because humans can thrive without such use of animals. By contrast, most ... More


The case of the cut-off hand: Angela Carter’s werewolves in historical perspective

Willem de Blécourt

in She-wolf: A cultural history of female werewolves

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780719089343
eISBN:
9781781708743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089343.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The motif of the werewolf’s severed paw occurs in a variety of texts of different periods. In contemporary popular culture, it is probably most familiar from Angela Carter’s fiction and Neil Jordan’s ... More


Text, image, audience: Adaptation and reception of Andrea Newman’s A Bouquet of Barbed Wire (1969)

Frances Pheasant-Kelly

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Engaging with adaptation theory and narrative theory, and relevant contemporaneous critical reviews, this essay textually analyses Newman’s original novel and its television adaptations and considers ... More


Assuming a ‘manly position’:1 The crisis of masculinity in Ian McEwan’s early fiction

Justine Gieni

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Ian McEwan’s early fiction delves into the dark drives and desires of ordinary men and women, revealing disturbing realities about the human psyche. McEwan’s psychological probing of deeply disturbed ... More


‘Waking in the dark’:1 Remembering incest in A Thousand Acres (1991), Exposure (1993) and Beautiful Kate (2009)

Rebecca White

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

During the 1990s, such inherent difficulties in recalling and expressing abuse were heightened by the so-called ‘Memory Wars’, as the Recovered Memory Movement (which advocated the validity of ... More


‘The word is incest’:1 Narrative, affect and judgement in and across the Lolitas

Matthew Pateman

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Through intertext, adaptation, nominative re-births and epiphanies, Lolita (1955) enacts a kind of incestuous narcissism, a self-consuming act of libidinality and linguistic desire that offers a ... More


Appropriate or anathema? The representation of incest in children’s literature

Alice Mills

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter draws attention to the extreme unspeakability of incest in children’s literature and the rarity of texts either literally or symbolically dealing with the topic. It analyses Crew and ... More


‘[B]orn to make a real life, however it cracks your heart’:1 Creative women and daydreaming in Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (2008)

Emma V. Miller

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Since its release in 2008 as a Young Adult (YA) text, Tender Morsels has been subject to widespread praise and censure. In reviews and reading groups it has been criticised by adults (including ... More


The desire for power and the power of desire: The case of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Michael Mack

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on Pasolini’s film Edipe Re (1967), his love poem to his mother, and his play “Affabulacione” (1966). The latter is concerned with a father who turns into a jealous lover of his ... More


‘Our close but prohibited union’: Sibling incest, class and national identity in Iain Banks’s The Steep Approach to Garbadale (2007)

Robert Duggan

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The work of Iain Banks has been prominent in exploring the crossing of different kind of borders: national, aesthetic and generic, ontological, gender and class to name but a few. Banks has also been ... More


Is posthuman incest possible? Science fiction and the futures of the body

Alistair Brown

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In evaluating the interplay of biological and social interpretations of the incest taboo, most literary commentaries have used fiction to show how notions of incest have changed historically through ... More


‘Is’t not a kind of incest?’1 Metaphor and relation in the poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

Charles Mundye

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In his selections for Tales from Ovid (1995) Hughes includes several incest narratives: ‘Myrrha’, ‘Venus and Adonis (and Atalanta)’, ‘Pygmalion’, and ‘Tereus’. In arguing that they, in addition to ... More


‘[T]he thing that makes us different from other people’:1 Narrating incest through ‘différance’ in the work of Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt and Doris Lessing

Emma V. Miller and Miles Leeson

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Using Carter’s textual relationship with Saussure and Derrida as a starting point, this chapter will examine the writing of two other “literary” female authors and their narratological engagement ... More


Avuncular ambiguity: Ethical virtue in Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince (1973 and Simone de Beauvoir’s The Mandarins (1954)

Miles Leeson

in Incest in contemporary literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526122162
eISBN:
9781526138767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter will be twofold. Firstly an examination of the narrative place of incest within both Murdoch’s and de Beauvoir’s work and questioning the role of the ephebophilic attitudes of the ... More


Splintered Sexualities in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s “A Love Match”

Vara Neverow

in Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781942954088
eISBN:
9781786944122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954088.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chris Baldry in Rebecca West’s debut novel The Return of the Soldier (1918), Septimus Warren Smith in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925), and the siblings Justin Tizard and Celia Tizard in Sylvia ... More


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