Abstract/Details

Christina Rossetti, Sarah Grand, and the expression of sexual liminality in nineteenth century literature


2006 2006

Other formats: Order a copy

Abstract (summary)

This study defines sexual liminality as a transient, threshold moment in which textual characters explore not only their sexual desires, but also their gender identities. During the nineteenth century, social critics reveal that sexuality and gender play a vital role in laws, social practices, and family structure. Thus, when authors such as Christina Rossetti and Sarah Grand produce characters that embark upon introspective journeys of their sexualities against the background of social expectation, one clearly identifies the influence of life upon art. Rossetti's Prince in The Prince's Progress and Grand's Angelica in The Heavenly Twins enter into the realm of sexual liminality and personal illumination, and they leave as altered characters. The notion of sexual liminality travels into modern literature as well, as one may observe in Norah Vincent's gender study, Self-Made Man. As a cross-dresser, Vincent finds herself within the realm of sexual liminality.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Literature;
American literature;
British and Irish literature
Classification
0298: Literature
0591: American literature
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Norah Vincent
Title
Christina Rossetti, Sarah Grand, and the expression of sexual liminality in nineteenth century literature
Author
Adams, Jennifer Persinger
Number of pages
75
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0817
Source
MAI 44/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542662676
Advisor
Smith, Sherri
University/institution
Marshall University
University location
United States -- West Virginia
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1434471
ProQuest document ID
304933318
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304933318
Access the complete full text

You can get the full text of this document if it is part of your institution's ProQuest subscription.

Try one of the following:

  • Connect to ProQuest through your library network and search for the document from there.
  • Request the document from your library.
  • Go to the ProQuest login page and enter a ProQuest or My Research username / password.