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Sex Expression and American Women Writers 1860–1940

Dale M. Bauer


This book contends that American women novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries registered a call for a new sexual freedom. By creating a lexicon of “sex expression,” many authors explored sexuality as part of a discourse about women's needs rather than confining it to the realm of sentiments, where it had been relegated by earlier writers. This new rhetoric of sexuality enabled critical conversations about who had sex, when in life they had it, and how it signified. The book explains that whether liberating or repressive, sexuality became a potential force for female age ... More

Keywords: American women novelists, sexual freedom, sex expression, sexuality, female agency, sexual purity, sexual pleasure, sexualization, American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832301
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807887691_bauer


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dale M. Bauer, author