Beyond sexual satisfaction : pleasure and autonomy in women’s inter-war novels in England and Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Moore, Lisa L. (Lisa Lynne)
dc.contributor.advisor Cullingford, Elizabeth
dc.creator Bacon, Catherine M.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-15T14:47:11Z
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-15T14:47:24Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-15T14:47:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-15T14:47:24Z
dc.date.created 2011-05
dc.date.issued 2011-06-15
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-2674
dc.description.abstract My dissertation offers a new look at how women authors used popular genres to negotiate their economic, artistic, and sexual autonomy, as well as their national and imperial identities, in the context of the changes brought by modernity. As medical science and popular media attempted to delineate women’s sexual natures, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Winifred Holtby, Kate O’Brien, and Molly Keane created narratives which challenged not only psychoanalytic proscriptions about the need for sexual satisfaction, but traditional ideas about women’s inherent modesty. They absorbed, revised, and occasionally rejected outright the discourses of sexology in order to advocate a more diffuse sensuality; for these writers, adventure, travel, independence, creativity, and love between women provided satisfactions as rich as those ascribed to normative heterosexuality. I identify a history of queer sexuality in both Irish and English contexts, one which does not conform to emergent lesbian identity while still exceeding the limits of heteronormativity.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Molly Keane
dc.subject Winifred Holtby
dc.subject Sylvia Townsend Warner
dc.subject Kate O'Brien
dc.subject Inter-war
dc.subject Women's novels
dc.subject Celibacy
dc.subject Spinsters
dc.subject Sexology and literature
dc.subject Sex in literature
dc.subject Single women in literature
dc.subject English literature
dc.subject British literature
dc.subject 20th century
dc.subject Women writers
dc.subject Women authors
dc.subject Lolly Willowes
dc.subject Land of green ginger
dc.subject Rising tide
dc.subject Mary Lavelle
dc.subject Female sexuality
dc.subject Lesbians in literature
dc.title Beyond sexual satisfaction : pleasure and autonomy in women’s inter-war novels in England and Ireland
dc.date.updated 2011-06-15T14:47:24Z
dc.contributor.committeeMember Carter, Mia
dc.contributor.committeeMember Eastman, Caroline
dc.contributor.committeeMember Garrity, Jane
dc.description.department English
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department English
thesis.degree.discipline English
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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