Olive Schreiner, Masochism, and Omnipotence: Strategies of a Preoedipal Politics

@article{Kucich2002OliveSM,
  title={Olive Schreiner, Masochism, and Omnipotence: Strategies of a Preoedipal Politics},
  author={J. Kucich},
  journal={Novel: A Forum on Fiction},
  year={2002},
  volume={36},
  pages={79-109}
}
  • J. Kucich
  • Published 2002
  • History
  • Novel: A Forum on Fiction
Late-Victorian culture was saturated with masochistic phenomena-selfdestructive New Woman heroines; the "winter" Dionysianism of Beardsley, Swinburne, Pater, and other decadents; the imperial suffering glorified by Kipling, Haggard, and Doyle; the self-flagellations of Hopkins' Catholicism; even the self-martyring spectacle of the Oscar Wilde trials and of De Profundis (1897). Masochism constituted one of the many "nether worlds" that fin-de-siecle culture explored as revitalizing alternatives… Expand

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