The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny / Edition 1

The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny / Edition 1

by Terry Castle
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 019508098X

ISBN-13: 9780195080988

Pub. Date: 05/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The work of leading scholar Terry Castle features essays on phantasmagoria in 18th-century literature and culture. Taking as her emblem the fanciful "female thermometer", an imaginary instrument invented by 18th-century satirists to measure levels of female sexual arousal, Castle explores the ways in which the rationalist imperative of the age paradoxically worked to

Overview

The work of leading scholar Terry Castle features essays on phantasmagoria in 18th-century literature and culture. Taking as her emblem the fanciful "female thermometer", an imaginary instrument invented by 18th-century satirists to measure levels of female sexual arousal, Castle explores the ways in which the rationalist imperative of the age paradoxically worked to produce the "impinging strangeness" of the 18th-century imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195080988
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Series:
Ideologies of Desire Series
Edition description:
FACSIMILE
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2The Female Thermometer21
3"Amy, Who Knew my Disease": A Psychosexual Pattern in Defoe's Roxana44
4Lovelace's Dream56
5"Matters Not Fit to be Mentioned": Fielding's The Female Husband67
6The Culture of Travesty: Sexuality and Masquerade in Eighteenth-Century England82
7The Carnivalization of Eighteenth-Century English Narrative101
8The Spectralization of the Other in The Mysteries of Udolpho120
9Phantasmagoria and the Metaphorics of Modern Reverie140
10Spectral Politics: Apparition Belief and the Romantic Imagination168
11Contagious Folly: An Adventure and Its Skeptics190
Notes215
Works Cited253
Index269

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >