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Tears, Liquids and Porous Bodies in Literature Across the Ages: Niobe's Siblings (Paperback)

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Taking in works from writers as diverse as William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Charlotte Bronte, John Keats, James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence, this book spans approximately 300 years and unpacks how bodily liquidity, porosity and petrification recur as a pattern and underlie the chequered history of the body and genders in literature.

Lennartz examines the precarious relationship between porosity and its opposite - closure, containment and stoniness - and explores literary history as a meandering narrative in which 'female' porosity and 'manly' stoniness clash, showing how different societies and epochs respond to and engage with bodily porosity.

This book considers the ways that this relationship is constantly renegotiated and where effusive and 'feminine' genres, such as 'sloppy' letters and streams of consciousness, are pitted against stony and astringent forms of masculinity, like epitaphs, sonnets and the Bildungsroman.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 23/03/2023 ISBN-13: 9781350187115  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Norbert Lennartz is Professor of English Literature at the University of Vechta, Germany. He has published widely on Romanticism, in particular on Byron, and on the paragons of the Victorian Age (Dickens, Hardy, Wilde).

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