Romanticism, Gender, and Violence: Blake to George Sodini

by Nowell Marshall (Author)
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Responding to work by Eve Sedgwick and recent media attention to queer suicide, this project theorizes performative melancholia, a condition where, regardless of sexual orientation, overinvestment in gender norms causes subjects who are unable to embody those norms to experience socially expected (‘normal’) gender as something unattainable or lost. This perceived loss causes an ambivalence within the subject that can lead to self-inflicted violence (masochism, suicide) or violence toward others (sadism, murder).

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Publication date
June 21, 2013
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Page count
244
ISBN
9781611484670
Paper ISBN
9781611484663