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Author Brink, Andrew.

Title Obsession and culture : a study of sexual obsession in modern fiction / Andrew Brink
Published Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, [1996]


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 W'PONDS  809.3928 B8589/O  AVAILABLE
Description 254 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Introduction: The Obsessive Imagination in Writers -- 2. H. G. Wells: The Confessions of a Sexual Rebel -- 3. Hermann Hesse and Bisexuality -- 4. Love and Death in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita: A Fantasy Analysis of an Obsession -- 5. Female Sacrifice in the Novels of John Fowles -- 6. Eros and Death in John Updike's Fiction -- 7. Obsession: The Driving Force of Culture
Summary Obsession and Culture proposes that male sexual obsessions are the driving force of culture and are most clearly seen in fiction. Examples could be multiplied many times, but the main objectives of this study are to show how the work of five male authors coheres within a framework of psychodynamic theory and to stimulate enquiry along these lines. Many twentieth-century novelists speak for a male psycho-class needing imaginative externalization of obsessive sexual fantasies of control of women. Attraction, avoidance, and guilt are powerful motivators for writers and readers alike, and the moral ambiguity of serial monogamy, as well as other forms of exploitative sexuality, prompt certain writers to construct symbolic expiation and repair in fiction. Psychobiography is combined with fantasy analysis to suggest the pervasiveness in modern fiction of the wish to conquer and to control women and to atone for the guilt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-240) and index
Subject Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962 -- Criticism and interpretation.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Fiction -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
Men in literature.
Man-woman relationships in literature.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder in literature.
Sex addiction in literature
Sex in literature.
LC no. 95030472
ISBN 0838635962 (alk. paper)