Madonnas and Maidens: Sexual Confusion in Lawrence and Gide Richard T. Driskill

ISBN: 9780820434933

Published: January 1st 1999

Hardcover

303 pages


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Madonnas and Maidens: Sexual Confusion in Lawrence and Gide  by  Richard T. Driskill

Madonnas and Maidens: Sexual Confusion in Lawrence and Gide by Richard T. Driskill
January 1st 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 303 pages | ISBN: 9780820434933 | 7.70 Mb

In Lawrences Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow, and Gides LImmoraliste and La Porte étroite, the authors explore the destructive effects of cultural icons, narrowly codified gender roles, upon sensitive young European women at the turn of theMoreIn Lawrences Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow, and Gides LImmoraliste and La Porte étroite, the authors explore the destructive effects of cultural icons, narrowly codified gender roles, upon sensitive young European women at the turn of the century.

Through an intricate subtext of allusive imagery, postures, language, and mythical patterns, Lawrence and Gide imply that a patristic Christianity had somehow enlisted certain strains of Romance to fashion a pervasive cultural code that encouraged young women to be virginal, passive, and receptive to suffering. The young female protagonists look to their roles as Madonna, Maiden, and Martyr as an escape from a provincial world that offers little to their overbrimming souls.

Ironically, it is their Knight-Christs, the mentors who propose to teach them about the higher world, who imprison them further. Pretending to elevate them to the status of Spiritual Muse to inspire the male quest for selfhood, the lovers demand of their Madonna-Maidens a passivity whereby suffering is their only heroic act.



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