Download PDF by Rachel Schulkins: Keats, Modesty and Masturbation

By Rachel Schulkins

ISBN-10: 1138272833

ISBN-13: 9781138272835

ISBN-10: 1472418794

ISBN-13: 9781472418791

reading John Keats’s transforming of the romance style, Rachel Schulkins argues that he's responding to and critiquing the beliefs of female modesty and asexual femininity endorsed within the early 19th century. via shut readings of Isabella; or the Pot of Basil, The Eve of St. Agnes, Lamia and ’La Belle Dame sans Merci,’ Schulkins bargains a re-assessment of Keats and his poetry designed to illustrate that Keats’s sexual imagery counters conservative morality by way of encoding taboo wants and the pleasures of masturbation. In so doing, Keats provides a model of woman sexuality that undermines the normal concept of the asexual woman. Schulkins engages with feminist feedback that principally perspectives Keats as a misogynist poet who's threatened via the female’s overwhelming sexual and artistic presence. Such feedback, Schulkins indicates, has a tendency in the direction of a complicated identity among poet and protagonist, with the textual content obvious as an immediate rendering of authorial ideology. Such an interpretation neither distinguishes among writer, protagonist, textual content, social norms and cultural historical past nor recognises the socio-sexual and political undertones embedded in Keats’s rendering of the feminine. finally, Schulkins’s ebook finds how Keats’s sexual politics and his refutation of the asexual girl version fed the layout, plot and vocabulary of his romances.

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