The Language of the Eyes

The Language of the Eyes

Science, Sexuality, and Female Vision in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1927

eBook - 2005
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While Darwinian and Freudian theories of vision and sexuality have represented women as lacking visual agency, Daryl Ogden's The Language of the Eyes argues that "the gaze" is not merely a masculine phenomenon, and that women have powerfully desiring eyes as well. Ogden offers a comprehensive cultural history of female visuality in England by analyzing scientific writings, conduct books, illustrated periodicals, poetry, painting, and novels, and he makes important and hitherto unrecognized connections between literary history, cultural studies, and science studies. In so doing, Ogden accomplishes what numerous feminist critics--especially film theorists--have not: the recovery of the modern female spectator from historical obscurity.
Publisher: New York : State University of New York Press, [2005], ©2005
ISBN: 9781423748748
Branch Call Number: 820.9356 Og
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 272 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)


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