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Ruskin's Mythic Queen demonstrates that Victorian authors and artists used myth to challenge their culture's rigid gender dichotomy. While Ruskin is usually seen as the most articulate advocate of nineteenth-century England's sharply differentiated gender roles, Sharon Weltman shows that his mythopoetic prose yields many tools to break down fixed categories of gender.
This exciting revision of Ruskin situates him within a tradition of nineteenth- and twentieth-century myth, metaphor, and gender theorists, arguing for his significance as an example of how mythic discourse disrupts gender dichotomy even among those writers who seek to establish it.
|I||Myths That Matter||1|
|2||Theories of Gender, Myth, and Discourse||23|
|3||Victorian Mythographers: Philology to Feminism||41|
|4||Lamia and Beyond: Androgyny as Gender Subversion||73|
|III||John Ruskin's Mythology of Gender||101|
|5||"Be No More Housewives, but Queens": Queen Victoria in Ruskin's Domestic Mythology||103|
|6||Gender and the Architectonics of Metaphor: Ruskin's Pathetic Fallacy in The Ethics of the Dust||124|
|7||Athena and the Feminization of Language||149|