1st Edition

Sordid Images The Poetry of Masculine Desire

By Steve Clark Copyright 1994
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this extraordinary and bold book, S.H. Clark explores and constructs a history of poetic misogyny. For the first time, a wide range of English poetry by men is examined for evidence of the articulation of heterosexual masculine desires.
    But Clark goes beyond a straightforward oppositional model of reading the male canon, to ask how we read this work 'after feminism', and whether it is possible to value these texts as misogynist texts in the light of feminist theory?
    Sordid Images is a challenging, controversial book. It will excite and unsettle its readers, and inspire many to look again at some of the cornerstone works of English literature.

    1 INTRODUCTION 2 ‘ALL THIS THE WORLD WELL KNOWS’ Lust in Shakespeare’s sonnets 3 ‘SOMETHING GENROUS IN MEER LUST’? Rochester as libertine 4 ‘LET BLOOD AND BODY BEAR THE FAULT’ Pope’s exorcism of desire 5 BLAKE AND FEMALE REASON 6 ‘TESTING THE RAZOR’ T.S. Eliot’s Poems 1927 ‘GET OUT AS EARLY AS YOU CAN’ Larkin’s sexual politics


    Steve Clark

    `This book's post feminist appropritions of what it positions as the poetry of masculine desire' are unflinching, relentless, and endlessly engaging.' - Essays in Criticism