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Masculinity, Materialism and the Introjected Self in George Moore's Mike Fletcher: "I'm weary of playing at Faust"

From: English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920
Volume 48, Number 2, 2005
pp. 131-146 | 10.2487/YL6T-W758-10Q2-2L35

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Notes

1. The other two novels are A Mere Accident (1887) and Spring Days (1888).

2. Contemporary criticism ranged from Moore's inability to blend Hamlet and Romeo in the character of Mike Fletcher ("A.M.M," Hawk, 17 December 1889, 673-74), to the repulsive nature of the subject matter ("Books: Four Novels," Spectator, 8 February 1890). Both comments cited in Robert Langenfeld, George Moore: An Annotated Secondary Bibliography of Writings About Him (New York: AMS Press, 1987), 34, 35.

3. Milton Chaikin, "George Moore's Early Fiction," in George Moore's Mind and Art, Graham Owens, ed. (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1968), 21-44, 37.

4. See, for example, Patrick Bridgwater's works, George Moore and German Pessimism (Durham: University of Durham, 1988), and Anglo-German Interactions in the Literature of the 1890s (Oxford: Legenda, 1999), 186-225; and David Alvarez, "The Case of the Split Self: George Moore's Debt to Schopenhauer in Esther Waters," ELT, 38.2 (1995), 169-85.

5. Alvarez, 171.

6. Bridgwater, George Moore and German Pessimism, 27.

7. Elaine Showalter, Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (London: Bloomsbury, 1990), 12.

8. George Moore, Mike Fletcher (New York: Garland Publishing, 1977; repr. Minerva Press edition, 1889), 7.

9. See A Mere Accident (New York : Garland Publishing, 1978; repr. Vizetelly & Co. edition, 1887), 282.

10. Mike Fletcher, 27.

11. Ibid., 228.

12. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985), 145.

13. Mike Fletcher, 8.

14. William C. Frierson, "George Moore Compromised With The Victorians," in George Moore's Mind and Art, 45-52, 51.

15. Mike Fletcher, 30.

16. Ibid., 31

17. This is a perfect demonstration of what would become Lord Henry's dictum, that experience, irrespective of the consequences, is the ultimate objective of the new Hedonist.

18. Mike Fletcher, 38.

19. Sigmund Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia" (extract), The Freud Reader, Peter Gay, ed. (London: Vintage, 1995), 586.

20. Melanie Klein, "A Contribution to the Psychogenesis of Manic-Depressive States" (1935), in Love, Guilt and Reparation and Other Works 1921-1945 (London: Vintage, 1998), 262-89, 263.

21. Ibid., 270.

22. Mike Fletcher, 88-90.

23. Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, E. F. J. Payne, trans. (New York: Dover Publications, 1966), I: 399.

24. Mike Fletcher, 90.

25. Ibid., 96-98.

26. Ibid., 98.

27. Ibid., 101.

28. Ibid., 106.

29. The Picture of Dorian Gray, 157.

30. Mike Fletcher, 10.

31. Ibid., 63-64.

32. Ibid., 8-9.

33. Ibid., 9.

34. Ibid., 15.

35. Ibid., 10.

36. Ibid., 6.

37. Ibid., 219.

38. Ibid.

39. Ibid., 220.

40. Ibid., 221.

41. Ibid.

42. Joris-Karl Huysmans, "Preface, written twenty years after the novel," Against Nature, Margaret Mauldon, trans. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 187.

43. Mike Fletcher, 129-30.

44. Ibid., 141.

45. Ibid., 146, 149.

46. Ibid., 152.

47. Ibid., 178.

48. Ibid., 181.

49. Ibid., 153.

50. Klein, 270.

51. Mike Fletcher, 179.

52. Ibid., 73.

53. Ibid., 179.

54. Ibid., 181.

55. Ibid., 184-85.

56. Ibid., 191, 202.

57. Ibid., 190, 200.

58. Ibid., 190.

59. Ibid., 186. My emphasis.

60. Ibid., 197.

61. Ibid., 205.

62. Ibid., 226.

63. Ibid., 249.

64. Ibid., 182.

65. Ibid., 249.

66. Ibid., 283-84.

67. Ibid., 301.

68. Adrian Frazier, George Moore, 1852-1933 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000), 197.

69. Mike Fletcher, 42.

70. Letter to Clara Lanza, 12 November 1888. Cited in Frazier, George Moore, 181. From Robert Becker's dissertation, "Letters of George Moore, 1863-1901," University of Reading (1980), 535-56.

71. Mike Fletcher, 28.

72. Against Nature, 55.

73. Klein, 276.

74. Mike Fletcher, 302.

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Mark Llewellyn. "Masculinity, Materialism and the Introjected Self in George Moore's Mike Fletcher: "I'm weary of playing at Faust"." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 48.2 (2005): 131-146. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Llewellyn, M.(2005). Masculinity, Materialism and the Introjected Self in George Moore's Mike Fletcher: "I'm weary of playing at Faust". English Literature in Transition...



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