The Language of the Eyes: Science, Sexuality, and Female Vision in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1927 by Daryl Ogden | 9780791464991 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Language of the Eyes: Science, Sexuality, and Female Vision in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1927

The Language of the Eyes: Science, Sexuality, and Female Vision in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1927

by Daryl Ogden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791464997

ISBN-13: 9780791464991

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Recovers a dynamic women’s tradition of vision and sexuality, challenging Darwinian and Freudian accounts of women as nonvisual sexual agents.

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

Overview

Recovers a dynamic women’s tradition of vision and sexuality, challenging Darwinian and Freudian accounts of women as nonvisual sexual agents.

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:
9780791464991
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Feminine Language of the Eyes?

1. The Conduct of the Eyes: Feminine Discourses of Vision in Eighteenth-Century England

Case Study 1. Lesbian Vision in Clarissa

2. Ocular Reproduction, Sexual Difference, and Romantic Vision

Case Study 2. Domestic and Sexual Vision in Adam Bede

3. The Descent of Sexual Selection: Evolution and the Politics of Female Vision in Victorian England

Case Study 3. Female Spectatorship and Sexual Selection in Far from the Madding Crowd

4. Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, and the Modernist Female Spectator

Case Study 4. Feminine Epistemology and Visual Desire in To the Lighthouse

Conclusion: Clarissa Dalloway and Modern Female Visuality in England

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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