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Title: The vision of desire : an analysis of concepts of sexual desire in the nineteenth century novel.
Author: Jude, Christine.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3593 4506
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1988
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This thesis investigates the representation of sexual desire in the nineteenth century novel. It explores the conjuncture of forces - historical, social, economic, political and cultural - in which desire is produced and defined, and the ways in which dominant representations of desire are negotiated within fiction. My analyses of the novels attend to the ways in which meaning is produced in literature and the relationship between ideologies and their symbolic representation. Primarily I address the ways in which the reader is interpellated by the text, by all its processes of signification and the ideological complex which produces and is reproduced by them. This encompasses an analysis of interactions within and between levels of discourse and the contradictions thus produced. The thesis seeks to identify hegemonic concepts of desire, and their characteristic dictions and grammars of representation, and to assess interactions between such concepts and ideologies which interrogate or subvert them. Close attention is paid to the gender and class-specific nature of representation and the processes by which subjectivity is constructed, and this is related in turn to the complex of ideas and associations by which desire is negotiated within the writing. The thesis establishes the fundamental importance of the relationship between desire and the material and ideological conditions in which it has existence and takes effect. It elud dates the tensi ons which exist between conventional concepts of desire and desires for which there are no overt or available means of fulfilment. The ways in which texts represent and reconcile these tensions differ markedly. These differences are articulated partly through contestations between idealist and materialist notions of identity, partly through a contrasting use of rational and extra-rational discourses. Through the text's special interpretation of these relationships, dominant representations of desire are reinvested with value or interrogated and subverted.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature