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Lucy Munro

, and sway in love, That have inflamed desire in my breast To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree Or die in the adventure, be my helps[.] (1.62–65) Pericles’s image is relatively conventional in the context of courtship, but the presentation of sexual desire as appetite becomes increasingly disturbing as the scene progresses. The incestuous relationship between Antiochus and his daughter – of which the audience are forewarned – is made clear to Pericles through images of consumption. The opening of the daughter’s riddle reads, ‘I am no viper, yet I feed | On mother

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
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Thefts, violence and sexual threats
Jenny DiPlacidi

to Germany, seeking refuge at the Castle of Wolfenbach, where she meets the Countess Wolfenbach and with her help escapes to Paris to the Countess’s sister and brother-in-law (the Marquis and Marchioness de Melfort). When Matilda next sees Weimar he tells her she is not his blood kin but is rather an unknown orphan he raised and fell in love with and proposes marriage. Matilda refuses, running away first to

in Gothic incest
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Gill Rye and Michael Worton

‘witnessing’ texts, by both men and women, bringing into the literary domain, for example, the accounts of Holocaust survivors and AIDS victims.32 ‘Traumatic experience’ can be understood more widely, however, to include the loss – the death – of loved ones, abuse (physical, mental or sexual), terminal illness, exile and experience of collective tragedies: wars, terrorist attacks, major accidents, natural disasters.33 Indeed, the currency of the term has led Hal Foster to identify a general tendency in contemporary culture ‘to redefine experience, individual and historical

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
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Daniel C. Remein and Erica Weaver

. 21 Accordingly, intimacy provides the scene for the perniciously normative way that ‘happiness makes its own horizon’, in that love, which is supposed to make us happy, ‘becomes an intimacy with what the other likes (rather than simply liking what the other likes) and is given on condition that such likes do not take us outside a shared horizon’. 22 Because happiness orients, as a promise, towards the future, Ahmed even figures intimacy as one crucial avenue for happiness itself: ‘if

in Dating Beowulf
The ambivalence of queer visibility in audio- visual archives
Dagmar Brunow

-​representation and the choice of metadata. The category ‘Queer’ currently (November 2017) contains six films, from the aforementioned Skilda tiders danser to the collective gay film project Bögjävlar [Damned Queers] (1977) and the award-​winning short Längs vägen [Along the Road] (2011) about the secret love of two truck drivers.9 While the selection of films categorised under the header ‘Queer’ seems to be quite eclectic, a conceptualisation of the concept ‘Queer’ is missing both on the website itself and in the policy documents provided by the SFI (SFI, 2017; Svenska

in The power of vulnerability
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Tory Lover, and Walter Scott, Waverley
Alison Easton

she comes to love) and his mother, who remains throughout fiercely loyal to the British Crown. The novel interweaves Wallingford’s transatlantic adventures on the Ranger (voyage to France, raiding the English coast, imprisonment in Plymouth and escape) with Mary’s life in wartime Maine, her support of Madam Wallingford in spite of their big political differences and the two women’s attempt to rescue Roger in England. The Tory Lover is a problematic text in the Jewett oeuvre. Even Jewett expressed her doubts: ‘I grow very melancholy if I fall to thinking of the

in Special relationships
Steve Sohmer

Suppose I could convince you that William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night for a performance before Queen Elizabeth I on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1601/02? Suppose I demonstrated that Shakespeare laced his play with anagrams because the Queen loved word-games, and anagrams were all the rage at Court? What if I persuaded you that Thomas Nashe

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
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Identities in crisis in the early novels of Marie Darrieussecq
Shirley Jordan

black hole?).12 Darrieussecq’s determination to produce a detailed account of the physical effects of loss gives rise to one of the most original features of her second novel: its increasing reliance on tropes drawn from science. If this is a ghost story, it is one that refers us not to superstition but to quantum physics; if it is a love story, it is ‘un roman d’amour vécu sous l’angle des molécules’ (Garcin, p. ) (a love story experienced from a molecular  Writing the dynamics of identity point of view). In an irreversible paradigm shift consistent with the

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
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Sukanta Chaudhuri

him; and offers love to shepherdesses in terms assimilable to the Petrarchan convention, where such poets often found their theme. These metaphoric latencies make the pastoral of allusion something more than a set of coded references. Casting other and more complex matters in pastoral form is to place them within an implicit frame of comment. The pastoral of the European Renaissance exploited this potential unevenly, but at its best in subtle and innovative ways. Allusive content might also enter the wider body of rural and nature-poetry noted above. Conversely, the

in Pastoral poetry of the English Renaissance
The paradoxes of sustainability and Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island
Hannes Bergthaller

fall in love and marry. Isabelle is intelligent and ravishingly beautiful, but as she turns forty, she becomes increasingly self-conscious about her body, loses interest in sex, breaks off their A modest proposal for a less natural lifestyle 203 relationship and eventually commits suicide. After their break-up, Daniel1 meets Esther, a Spanish student in her early twenties, who does not really love him but enjoys sex. Daniel1 falls hopelessly in love with her. As anticipated by Daniel1, Esther eventually loses interest in him, and he too commits suicide. In the

in Literature and sustainability