Language of the Eyes

Language of the Eyes

by Ogden
     
 

While Darwinian and Freudian theories of vision and sexuality have represented women as lacking visual agency, Daryl Ogden's The Language of the Eyes argues that "the gaze" is not merely a masculine phenomenon, and that women have powerfully desiring eyes as well. Ogden offers a comprehensive cultural history of female visuality in England by analyzing scientific… See more details below

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While Darwinian and Freudian theories of vision and sexuality have represented women as lacking visual agency, Daryl Ogden's The Language of the Eyes argues that "the gaze" is not merely a masculine phenomenon, and that women have powerfully desiring eyes as well. Ogden offers a comprehensive cultural history of female visuality in England by analyzing scientific writings, conduct books, illustrated periodicals, poetry, painting, and novels, and he makes important and hitherto unrecognized connections between literary history, cultural studies, and science studies. In so doing, Ogden accomplishes what numerous feminist critics - especially film theorists - have not: the recovery of the modern female spectator from historical obscurity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900791464990
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

Introduction : a feminine language of the eyes?1
1The conduct of the eyes : feminine discourses of vision in eighteenth-century England21
Case Study 1Lesbian vision in Clarissa61
2Ocular reproduction, sexual difference, and romantic vision73
Case Study 2Domestic and sexual vision in Adam Bede105
3The descent of sexual selection : evolution and the politics of female vision in Victorian England117
Case Study 3Female spectatorship and sexual selection in Far from the madding crowd169
4Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, and the modernist female spectator179
Case Study 4Feminine epistemology and visual desire in To the lighthouse188
Conclusion : Clarissa Dalloway and modern female visuality in England203

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