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dc.creatorBacon, Catherine M.
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-15T14:47:11Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-15T14:47:24Z
dc.date.available2011-06-15T14:47:11Z
dc.date.available2011-06-15T14:47:24Z
dc.date.created2011-05
dc.date.issued2011-06-15
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-2674
dc.descriptiontext
dc.description.abstractMy 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.isoeng
dc.subjectMolly Keane
dc.subjectWinifred Holtby
dc.subjectSylvia Townsend Warner
dc.subjectKate O'Brien
dc.subjectInter-war
dc.subjectWomen's novels
dc.subjectCelibacy
dc.subjectSpinsters
dc.subjectSexology and literature
dc.subjectSex in literature
dc.subjectSingle women in literature
dc.subjectEnglish literature
dc.subjectBritish literature
dc.subject20th century
dc.subjectWomen writers
dc.subjectWomen authors
dc.subjectLolly Willowes
dc.subjectLand of green ginger
dc.subjectRising tide
dc.subjectMary Lavelle
dc.subjectFemale sexuality
dc.subjectLesbians in literature
dc.titleBeyond sexual satisfaction : pleasure and autonomy in women’s inter-war novels in England and Ireland
dc.date.updated2011-06-15T14:47:24Z
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.type.genrethesis*
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy


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