Ruskin's Mythic Queen: Gender Subversion in Victorian Culture

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John Ruskin's prominence as the author of “Of Queen's Gardens,” his principal statement of Victorian gender opposition, makes him an ideal example for analyzing the power of mythic discourse to undermine gender division. Here, Ruskin creates a vision of feminine authority that draws simultaneously upon several sources (including the goddess Athena and Queen Victoria herself) to empower women in a worldwide arena redefined as a broader version of their domestic realm. In Ruskin's effort to promote women's ...
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Overview


John Ruskin's prominence as the author of “Of Queen's Gardens,” his principal statement of Victorian gender opposition, makes him an ideal example for analyzing the power of mythic discourse to undermine gender division. Here, Ruskin creates a vision of feminine authority that draws simultaneously upon several sources (including the goddess Athena and Queen Victoria herself) to empower women in a worldwide arena redefined as a broader version of their domestic realm. In Ruskin's effort to promote women's expanded sphere of action, his mythmaking goes further than he anticipates: Ruskin feminizes both metaphor and language, and finally destabilizes the very notion of gender.

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.

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Weltman (English, Louisiana State University) demonstrates that the Victorians used mythic discourse to subvert gender dichotomy. She focuses on the work of Ruskin, maintaining that even though he is known to many as the foremost voice extolling separate spheres for men and women, his mythopoetic prose surprisingly yields tools to break down fixed categories of gender. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821412350
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharon Aronofsky Weltman is an Assistant Professor of English at Lousiana State University. She lives in Baton Rouge with her family.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
I Myths That Matter 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Theories of Gender, Myth, and Discourse 23
II Nineteenth-Century Mythmaking 39
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
Notes 167
Bibliography 189
Index 207
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