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Ordinary Masochisms: Agency and Desire in Victorian and Modernist Fiction

Jennifer Mitchell


Ordinary Masochisms argues for literary alternatives to pervasive dictatorial norms about masochism that first surface in Victorian literature, reach their pioneering pinnacle in the modernist moment, and are expressly mourned in post-modern texts. In particular, the literary works discussed all challenge the more popular term “sadomasochism” as a conglomerate form of perversion that was named and studied in the late nineteenth century. Underscoring close textual analyses with modern theories of masochism as empowering, this book argues that Charlotte Brontë Villette (1853), George Moore’s A D ... More

Keywords: sadomasochism, Victorian literature, deviance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066677
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Mitchell, author
Union College