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Title: Keats, modesty and masturbation
Author: Ben-Itzhak, Rachel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 266X
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2008
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In the last decade, Anglo-American feminist criticism wished to establish the notion that Keats is a misogynist who denies 5 his female figures subjective identities in hope of obtaining a masculine poetic self. The main problem with this approach is that critics rely heavily on Keats's diatribe against the Bluestocking women. By generalising Keats's dislike of the Bluestockings to an encompassing attitude towards all women readers and writers, critics fail to recognise the political and social undertones embedded -in Keats's attack. By exploring the socio-political associations attributed to the Bluestockings in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, my thesis argues that Keats's diatribe emerges not so much from the Bluestockings' literary role, but from the social and sexual conservatism embedded in the term bluestocking itself.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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