Syphilis and the hysterical female: the limits of realism in Sarah Grand's the heavenly twins

@article{Kennedy2004SyphilisAT,
  title={Syphilis and the hysterical female: the limits of realism in Sarah Grand's the heavenly twins},
  author={Meegan Kennedy},
  journal={Women's Writing},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={259 - 280}
}
Abstract The New Woman writer Sarah Grand's novel The Heavenly Twins has been attacked and celebrated for its feminist exposure of male syphilis. But while Grand excoriates British culture for its silence on the crisis, her novel retains this decorous silence around the figure of the male syphilitic body. While implicitly acknowledging the French naturalists as precursors, Grand's anxiety over the “improper conveyance” of sexual knowledge leads her to displace the shocking physical details… Expand
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