Sexual Anarchy In Veorge Gissism Analysis

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Unsurprisingly, the Victorian age is marked by what the novelist George Gissing calls “the sexual and anarchy”, where “all the laws that governed sexual identity and behavior seemed to be breaking down”. To go one step further, Carl Miller contends, “[m]en became women. Women became men. Gender and the country were put in doubt. The single life was found to harbor two sexes and two nations” (cited in Showalter, p. 3). Consequently, “men and women were not as clearly identified and separated as they had been” (p. 9). Bernard C. Meyers is so emboldened to claim that “traditional sex roles are often reversed”, so that the heroines become “potentially threatening” (cited in Nadelhaft, 1991, p. 33). This sexual anarchy is further projected by the stepping of women into the masculine role of traveller. Although modes of travelling in the Victorian women are attached to a repertoire of masculine traits such as physical stamina, endurance and courage, Victorian women are venturesome enough to take the risk and intrude the far reaches of black Africa. Sidonie Smith contends in this cont...

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