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Romanticism, Gender, and Violence: Blake to George Sodini

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by
Nowell Marshall

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 244 pages

File size: 1.8 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

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).