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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195080988
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Ideologies of Desire Series
  • Edition description: FACSIMILE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Castle is Professor of English at Stanford University. She is the author of The Apparitional Lesbian (1993) and editor of the Oxford's forthcoming The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 The Female Thermometer 21
3 "Amy, Who Knew my Disease": A Psychosexual Pattern in Defoe's Roxana 44
4 Lovelace's Dream 56
5 "Matters Not Fit to be Mentioned": Fielding's The Female Husband 67
6 The Culture of Travesty: Sexuality and Masquerade in Eighteenth-Century England 82
7 The Carnivalization of Eighteenth-Century English Narrative 101
8 The Spectralization of the Other in The Mysteries of Udolpho 120
9 Phantasmagoria and the Metaphorics of Modern Reverie 140
10 Spectral Politics: Apparition Belief and the Romantic Imagination 168
11 Contagious Folly: An Adventure and Its Skeptics 190
Notes 215
Works Cited 253
Index 269
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