The Resource Victorian discourses on sexuality and religion, John Maynard

Victorian discourses on sexuality and religion, John Maynard

Label
Victorian discourses on sexuality and religion
Title
Victorian discourses on sexuality and religion
Statement of responsibility
John Maynard
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
John Maynard's original and provocative study looks at sexuality and religion as alike creations of language, regularly connected in discourses that give them a single origin and mingled significance. In the elaborate and varied systems of sexual-religious interrelation in the Western Jewish/Christian tradition, Victorian writers found a central vocabulary for debate over sexual issues and for their individual refocussing of sexuality and religion. After a wide-ranging introduction (drawing on myth, anthropology, comparative religion, and the history of sexuality), Maynard goes on to articulate and interpret the strikingly complex and varied ways in which the earnest skeptic, Arthur Hugh Clough, the Protestant clergyman, Charles Kingsley, and the Catholic convert, Coventry Patmore, placed the relation of sexuality and religion at the center of their work. In Clough, where inherited sexual and religious truths were tested and often burlesqued or overwritten by his skeptical intelligence, Maynard finds a foil to the simplicities of his age - and of our century's attempts to reduce Victorian sexual thinking to one thing, whether medical myth or a leaden prudishness. Kingsley by contrast attempts to unify and construct one new view, a variation on Christian marriage that places very unascetic espousal embraces at the center of the universe. Patmore, unknown in his experimental early poems and almost as ignored in his great odes, moves from Kingsleyan celebration of married love to a profound exploration of desire's failure and the creative absence that replaces it with human sexual relation to God. A final chapter on Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure returns to the universal questions of the Introduction by showing one Victorian literally disintegrating into (body) parts the constructive visions of his predecessors. This implosion of language and meaning illuminates - as fiction, myth, mere human discourse - the tradition it destroys: capable of being thus deconstructed but, in Hardy's successors in the modern age, also subject to renewal
Cataloging source
DLC
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1941-
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Maynard, John
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.R44
LC item number
M39 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Clough, Arthur Hugh
  • Kingsley, Charles
  • Patmore, Coventry
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • English literature
  • Religion in literature
  • Sex
  • Sex in literature
  • Godsdienst
  • Seksualiteit
  • Letterkunde
  • Engels
  • Sexualité
  • Sexualité
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Religion
  • Religion
  • Sexualität
  • Literatur
  • Erotik (Motiv)
  • Religion (Motiv)
  • Geschichte 1840-1900
  • English literature
  • Religion in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Sex
  • Englisch
Label
Victorian discourses on sexuality and religion, John Maynard
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the subject somewhat broadly conceived -- From Cloister to 'Great Sinful Streets': Arthur Hugh Clough and the Victorian 'Question of Sex' -- Sexual Christianity: Charles Kingsley's sexual via media -- Known and unknown desire: Conventry Patmore's Search for Eros -- Conclusion: Thomas Hardy's Jude: disassembling sexuality and religion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 394 pages
Isbn
9780521332545
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
92012820
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25675884
  • (OCoLC)ocm25675884
Label
Victorian discourses on sexuality and religion, John Maynard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the subject somewhat broadly conceived -- From Cloister to 'Great Sinful Streets': Arthur Hugh Clough and the Victorian 'Question of Sex' -- Sexual Christianity: Charles Kingsley's sexual via media -- Known and unknown desire: Conventry Patmore's Search for Eros -- Conclusion: Thomas Hardy's Jude: disassembling sexuality and religion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 394 pages
Isbn
9780521332545
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
92012820
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25675884
  • (OCoLC)ocm25675884

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