Wilde, Bronte and Sexual Anarchy in Victorian England
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This paper demonstrates how the late part of the nineteenth century was a period of sexual anarchy through reference to both feminist and queer theories and Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" and Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". The paper discusses how both Bronte and Wilde argue that there is more than sex to creating gender; they show the mechanisms through which culture and social norms educate the individuals to create their own identity. The paper also discusses how they show how dangerous this is and how it deprives the human being from being free.
From the Paper:"In order to better understand the argument, I believe it is best to begin by making some considerations regarding both the feminist and queer theories. Sex and gender have always been an important issue for society and its development. Criteria universally accepted have determined what is natural and what is deviant, but not all individuals have been willing to accept these norms. Patriarchal societies have considered the woman a being inferior to man, doubting her intellect and other capacities, often denying her the rights she ought to have benefited from as a human being. Sociological changes supported by the development of both science, technology and philosophy have allowed women to become more self aware and at the same time question the conceptions according to which those born with a masculine sex are human being of a better overall quality thanks to a condition which they can not even control. The feminist theories are to be considered from this perspective. Their aim is to declare the fact that society should not treat people differently just because they belong to different sexes. Men and women must have the same rights, even if their capacities are different."
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