Having offered analyses about some Victorian and modernist masochistic characters—the diverse range of their roles, the empowerment they access through suffering, the challenges they pose to pervasive clinical diagnoses, the narratives that they shape and reshape—the afterword briefly addresses one of the core undercurrents in this project: the potentially masochistic relationship between reader and text or, in other words, the possibilities of masochistic reading. Just as the masochisms of the characters explored in this book are plural, so too are the possible readerly masochisms they inspire. This afterword asks readers to consider this meta-masochism, so to speak, of masochistically reading about masochistic characters and its pleasurable, painful, but ultimately generative capabilities.
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