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The Sensitive Son and the Feminine Ideal in Literature

Writers from Rousseau to Roth

Authors: Tuman, Myron

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  • Contributes to the study of psychology, gender, and masculinity
  • Explores the archetype of the submissive son and draws on biographical and fictional sources
  • Utilizes analysis of Jean-Jacques Rousseau as the prime example of the submissive son
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This book considers major male writers from the last three centuries whose relation to a strong, often distant woman—one sometimes modeled on their own mother—forms the romantic core of their greatest narratives. Myron Tuman explores the theory that there is an underlying psychological type, the sensitive son, connecting these otherwise diverse writers. The volume starts and ends with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose Confessions provides an early portrait of one such son. There are chapters on other adoring sons, Stendhal, Sacher-Masoch, Scott Fitzgerald, and Turgenev, as well as on sons like Bernard Shaw and D.H. Lawrence with a different, less affectionate psychological disposition toward women. This book demonstrates how, despite many differences, the best works of all these sensitive sons reflect the deep, contorted nature of their desire, a longing that often seems less for an actual woman than for an elusive feminine ideal.

About the authors

Myron Tuman was a professor of English at universities in West Virginia, Alabama, and Louisiana. This work on male writers and their mothers follows earlier studies of male writers and their sons, Melville’s Gay Father, and female writers and their fathers, Don Juan and His Daughter.


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“This book changed forever how I look at 300 years of ‘greats’ in English literature. The author weaves a biographical thread of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s life while reexamining the erotic ideals behind some of the world’s most famous writing. The 15+ male writers presented here had lifelong attachments to mothers whom they worshiped as embodying some kind of feminine ideal. The book stimulates larger questions about that ideal after considering works ranging from Freud and Kierkegaard to Philip Roth, among others. This ground-breaking study broadens our understanding of ‘romance.” (Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, Senior Lecturer in English, Brown University, USA) 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15701-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15700-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sensitive Son and the Feminine Ideal in Literature
Book Subtitle
Writers from Rousseau to Roth
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15701-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15701-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15700-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 269
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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