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Sisters in Literature

Female Sexuality in Antigone, Middlemarch, Howards End and Women in Love

Sisters in Literature by Masako Hirai
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A unique study of how novels by Lawrence, Forster and George Eliot can be read as rewritings of Sophocles's Antigone: each is presented as a socially and sexually involving argument between two sisters. The author provides an interconnected case-study where each text works on the hidden meanings of the other. Female sexuality, expressed through the language of duality (vulnerability, frustration, submission and destructivity, consummation and rebirth), becomes an ideal vehicle for crossing the barriers between sexes and between societies, as between the texts themselves.
Palgrave Macmillan; March 1998
234 pages; ISBN 9780230375192
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Title: Sisters in Literature
Author: Masako Hirai