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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


Identity, Space, Time

ISBN 9780333752753
Publication Date November 2008
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Transitions

Julian Wolfreys introduces students to the central concept of transgression, showing how to interpret the concept from a number of theoretical standpoints. He demonstrates how texts from different cultural and historical periods can be read to examine the workings of 'transgression' and the way in which it has changed over time.

JULIAN WOLFREYS is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at Loughborough University, UK. He has written and edited numerous books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, and literary theory.

General Editor's Preface .- Acknowledgements.- Introduction: Transgression or, Beyond the Obvious .- PART ONE: MAKING THE MODERN SUBJECT.- The 'Endlesse Worke' of Transgression: The Faerie Queene and the 'darke conceit' of Early Modern Identity.- 'Authority Usurpt': Dryden, Modern Subject and the Transgressive Entry of 'Literature' onto the Scene of History.- PART TWO: HAUNTED SUBJECTS.- Victorian Gothic: Towards an Ethnics of Transgression.- 'Gauzy impressions conjured out of nothing': Venice là-bas or, 'les lieux de la' .- Afterword .- Notes.- Works Cited.- Index.


Transgressions provides an exemplary introduction to the labyrinthine modes of reading that we now realize literary texts demand…. It is an invaluable, and eminently readable, guide to literary study.' - Juliet Flower McCannell, University of California, Irvine, USA
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