In the Name of Love: Women, Masochism, and the Gothic

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Masse looks at selected British and American novels from the 18th- century to the present, focusing on the theme of masochism as an element of women's identity. Approaching the Gothic novel by way of psychoanalysis, she also identifies a Gothic plot within psychoanalytic theory itself. Paper edition (unseen), $13.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801499180
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/1992
  • Series: 5/25/2000
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Things That Go Bump in the Night: Husbands, Horrors, and Repetition 10
Trauma and Repetition Compulsion 13
Marital Gothic 20
"The Yellow Wallpaper" 29
2 "A Woman Is Being Beaten" and Its Vicissitudes 40
Masochism in the Service of the Ego 42
The Spectator's Curious Gaze 51
"A Child Is Being Beaten" 60
3 All You Need Is Love: Training the Instincts 73
The Turning Inward of Instinct 74
Assigned Subjectivity and the Overvalued Other 83
Repression and Sublimation 93
Love, Pain, and Power 99
4 Kissing the Rod: The Beaten and Story of O 107
The Mystical Way and Criticism 110
The Purgative Way and the Reversal of Instincts 118
The Illuminative Way and the Overvalued Other 126
The Unitive Way and Sublimation 137
5 This Hurts Me More Than It Does You: The Beater and Rebecca 147
Wallflower at the Beating Orgy: The Passive Spectator 149
Visual Hierarchy and Negative Exhibitionism 159
Looking for Answers: Vision and Knowledge 166
Becoming the Beater 177
6 Looking Out for Yourself: The Spectator and Jane Eyre 192
The Dissociation of Love and Dominance 195
The Temptation of Gothic Courtship 208
The Danger of Gothic Engagements 220
Autonomy and the Refusal to Replicate Oppression 231
7 Resisting the Gothic 239
Aggression and Linden Hills 240
Subversion and Lady Oracle 250
Leaving the Gothic Arena 264
Works Cited 275
Index 289
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