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
     
 

ISBN-10: 019508098X

ISBN-13: 9780195080988

Pub. Date: 05/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The work of leading scholar Terry Castle, called by the New York Times "always engaging...consistently fascinating," has helped to revolutionize eighteenth-century studies. The Female Thermometer brings together Castle's essays on the phantasmagoric side of eighteenth-century literature and culture. Taking as her emblem the fanciful "female

Overview

The work of leading scholar Terry Castle, called by the New York Times "always engaging...consistently fascinating," has helped to revolutionize eighteenth-century studies. The Female Thermometer brings together Castle's essays on the phantasmagoric side of eighteenth-century literature and culture. Taking as her emblem the fanciful "female thermometer," an imaginary instrument invented by eighteenth-century satirists to measure levels of female sexual arousal, Castle explores what she calls the "impinging strangeness" of the eighteenth-century imagination—the ways in which the rationalist imperatives of the age paradoxically worked to produce what Freud would later call the uncanny. In essays on doubling and fantasy in the novels of Defoe and Richardson, sexual impersonators and the dream-like world of the eighteenth-century masquerade, magic-lantern shows, automata, and other surreal inventions of Enlightenment science, and the hallucinatory obsessions of Gothic fiction, Castle offers a haunting portrait of a remarkable epoch. Her collection explores the links between material culture, gender, and the rise of modern forms and formulas of subjectivity, effectively rewriting the cultural history of modern Europe from a materialist and feminist perspective.

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

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