The Resource The ploy of instinct: : Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance, Kathleen Frederickson, (ebook)

The ploy of instinct: : Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance, Kathleen Frederickson, (ebook)

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The ploy of instinct: : Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance
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The ploy of instinct:
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Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance
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Kathleen Frederickson
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eng
Summary
It is paradoxical that instinct became a central term for late Victorian sexual sciences as they were elaborated in the medicalized spaces of confession and introspection, given that instinct had long been defined in its opposition to self-conscious thought. The Ploy of Instinct ties this paradox to instinct's deployment in conceptualizing governmentality. Instinct's domain, Frederickson argues, extended well beyond the women, workers, and "savages" to whom it was so often ascribed. The concept of instinct helped to gloss over contradictions in British liberal ideology made palpable as turn-of-the-century writers grappled with the legacy of Enlightenment humanism. For elite European men, instinct became both an agent of "progress" and a force that, in contrast to desire, offered a plenitude in answer to the alienation of self-consciousness. This shift in instinct's appeal to privileged European men modified the governmentality of empire, labor, and gender. The book traces these changes through parliamentary papers, pornographic fiction, accounts of Aboriginal Australians, suffragette memoirs, and scientific texts in evolutionary theory, sexology, and early psychoanalysis
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Frederickson, Kathleen
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156
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non fiction
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hoopla digital
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  • Instinct
  • Sex
  • Science
  • English literature
  • Great Britain
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adult
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The ploy of instinct: : Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance, Kathleen Frederickson, (ebook)
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9780823262533
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11832306
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11832306
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MWT11832306
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The ploy of instinct: : Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance, Kathleen Frederickson, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780823262533
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11832306
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11832306
System control number
MWT11832306
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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