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The Burdens of Intimacy

Psychoanalysis and Victorian Masculinity

The Burdens of Intimacy( )
Author: Lane, Christopher
ISBN:978-0-226-46859-4
Publication Date:Dec 1998
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $87.00
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Why does passion bewilder and torment so many Victorian protagonists? And why do so many literary characters experience moments of ecstasy before their deaths? In this original study, Christopher Lane shows why Victorian fiction conveys both the pleasure and anguish of intimacy. Examining works by Bulwer-Lytton, Swinburne, Schreiner, Hardy, James, Santayana, and Forster, he argues that these writers struggled with aspects of psychology that were undermining the utilitarian ethos...
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