Scandalous women: gender and identity in top-notch smut

Miller, Alyson 2013, Scandalous women: gender and identity in top-notch smut, Journal of gender studies, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 367-382, doi: 10.1080/09589236.2012.681186.

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Title Scandalous women: gender and identity in top-notch smut
Author(s) Miller, AlysonORCID iD for Miller, Alyson
Journal name Journal of gender studies
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 367
End page 382
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0958-9236
Keyword(s) scandalous literature
'posh porn'
twentieth-century literature
Summary Examining a diverse range of texts offering controversial representations of female sexuality, this paper demonstrates a persistent link between literary scandal and anxieties about women's sexuality. Texts from Madame Bovary (1857) to The Sexual Life of Catherine M (2001) have provoked various arguments, from debates about the need to restrain the unruly bodies of women to contestations about aesthetic merit, morality, and obscenity. Indeed, the scandalous literature of sexual women is distinguished by efforts to reduce its transgressions into something manageable, whether through naming and categorisation (‘chick lit’ and ‘posh porn’), textual analysis, public censure, or critical excoriation. The desire to manage controversial material signifies a discourse of containment that suggests both women and literature require strict control. As this paper will argue, the relationship between women, literature, and scandal is one marked by both intra- and extra-textual efforts to restrain not only the unpredictability and power of female sexuality, but also the unruly energies of literature itself.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09589236.2012.681186
Field of Research 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor and Francis
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