Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature After Sexology

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At the heart of European literary modernism lies a concern with the erotic, and in particular with various forms of what Freud saw as "sexual aberration," including sadism, masochism, homosexuality, fetishism and necrophilia. Modernist Eroticisms explores the impact of sexological and early psychoanalytic conceptions of sexual perversion on the representation of the erotic in modernist literature: writers whose work is discussed include Djuna Barnes, Georges Bataille, Édouard Dujardin, Hans Henny Jahnn, Henry ...

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At the heart of European literary modernism lies a concern with the erotic, and in particular with various forms of what Freud saw as "sexual aberration," including sadism, masochism, homosexuality, fetishism and necrophilia. Modernist Eroticisms explores the impact of sexological and early psychoanalytic conceptions of sexual perversion on the representation of the erotic in modernist literature: writers whose work is discussed include Djuna Barnes, Georges Bataille, Édouard Dujardin, Hans Henny Jahnn, Henry James, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, D. H. Lawrence, Maurice Maeterlinck, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil, Marcel Proust, Rainer Maria Rilke, Paul Valéry, Frank Wedekind and Oscar Wilde. Taken together, the essays in this volume explore not only the specificities of the modernist writing of the erotic, but also its decisive role in the shift from conceptions of sexual deviance to those of sexual difference.

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ANNA KATHARINA SCHAFFNER teaches Comparative Literature and is Co-Director of the Centre for Modern European Literature at the University of Kent, UK. Her publications include Sprachzerlegung in historischer Avantgardelyrik und konkreter Poesie (2007) and Modernism and Perversion: Sexual Deviance in Sexology and Literature, 1850–1930 (2012).

SHANE WELLER is a professor of Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the Centre for Modern European Literature at the University of Kent, UK. His publications include Beckett, Literature, and the Ethics of Alterity (2006), Literature, Philosophy, Nihilism: The Uncanniest of Guests (2008), and Modernism and Nihilism (2011).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Series Editors' Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; A.K.Schaffner & S.Weller
Innocent Monsters: The Erotic Child in Early Modernism; E.Boa
D.H. Lawrence: Sex, Love, Eros – and Pornography; M.Bell
Grazing with Marcel Proust; T.Baldwin
Seasick in the Land of Sexuality: Kafka and the Erotic; A.K.Schaffner
Polymorphous Eroticism in the Early Plays of Hans Henny Jahnn; R.Robertson
From the Erotic to the Obscene: Joyce's Ulysses; J-M.Rabaté
Towards a Unisex Erotics: Claude Cahun and Geometric Modernism; E.Apter
'The 'Indecent' Eternal': Eroticism in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood; D.Caselli
Decomposition: Georges Bataille and the Language of Necrophilia; S.Weller
Sexual Perversion as Textual Resistance in the Works of Rachilde and Monique Wittig; L.Downing
Modernism and the Erotics of Style; B.Hutchinson
Bibliography
Index

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