How does Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market go against the sexuality norms during the time of restoration period?

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Goblin Market” can be traditionally read as a cautionary tale that warns young women against the dangers of unchecked desire. When viewing Rossetti’s poem from this angle, it is helpful to foreground Rita Felski’s connection between consumerism and desire. Felski suggests that the discourse of consumerism during the fin de siecle is “to a large extent the discourse of female desire” (65). Located in consumer discourse, the objective of female desire is to purchase goods. Superficially, female desire appears innocuous. However, Felski notes the dangerous potential that “once awakened, this appetite [desire] would have disturbing and unforeseeable effects, reaching out to subvert the social fabric and to undermine masculinist authority within the family” (65). By applying Felski’s claims to Rossetti’s poem, the allegorical tale appears to warn against desire as a threat to masculinist stability.

      Not only was female desire a danger to masculine discourse, but...

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