Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Both Thomas Hardy’s Desperate Remedies (1871) and George Gissing’s Demos (1886) contain episodes which current criticism frequently reads as lesbian, but which do not seem to have been taken as such when the novels were first published. They were, however, remarked upon as extravagant and vague, occupying a peculiar place in the action. This paper analyzes the relationships between women depicted in these episodes, not by ascertaining whether or not they are homosexual but by highlighting the ways in which they are necessarily unstable, in terms of discourse, of class conflicts, and of diegesis.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2475-6741
Print ISSN
2166-0107
Pages
pp. 88-104
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-27
Open Access
No
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