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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature$
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Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940520

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.001.0001

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‘Intellectual suicides’

‘Intellectual suicides’

The Man of Letters in Middlemarch

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(p.64) Chapter Four ‘Intellectual suicides’
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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature
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Christine Crockett Sharp

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.003.0005

In her essay Christine Crockett Sharp addresses the body as afflicted by a debilitating search for knowledge and truth, which runs against the doctrine of Victorian muscular masculinity. Masturbation, Sharp demonstrates, provoked horror in the nineteenth-century mind because of its association with a deliberate self-incapacitation. The weakness and impotence that it was believed to induce, allied to its suspiciousness as a solitary pursuit, runs counter to the imperatives underpinning imperial and commercial vigour. In Middlemarch, Casaubon is an etiolated husk of a man not primarily because of the impossibility of his intellectual task but because of his self-inflicted moral wound.

Keywords:   Middlemarch, George Eliot, Masturbation, Male body, Reproduction, Casaubon

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