Incest in Victorian Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Brophy, Robert J. “Tamar, The Cenci, and Incest.” In American Literature XLII, No. 2 (May 1970): 241-44.

A brief comparison of the treatment of the incest theme in Tamar and The Cenci.

Durbach, Errol. “The Geschwister-Komplex: Romantic Attitudes to Brother-Sister Incest in Ibsen, Byron, and Emily Brontë.” In Mosaic (Summer 1979): 61-73.

Examines an understanding of incest behavior as it relates to the nineteenth-century crisis of existence following the age of Enlightenment.

Garrett, Margaret Davenport. “Writing and Re-writing Incest in Mary Shelley's Mathilda.” In Keats-Shelley Journal XLV, (1996): 44-60.

Proposes that although Mathildahas generally been acknowledged as an autobiographical representation of the author's own life, it also showcases Shelley's evolving ideas about a woman's role in a love relationship.

Glass, Loren. “Blood and Affection: The Poetics of Incest in Manfred and Parisina.” In Studies in Romanticism 34, No. 2 (Summer 1995): 211-26.

Contends that both texts reviewed in this article use incest to elaborate a theory of history and poetics, synthesizing major currents in contemporary literary and cultural theory.

Rajan, Tilottama. “Mary Shelley's Mathilda: Melancholy and the Political Economy of Romanticism.” In Studies in the Novel XXVI, No. 2 (Summer 1994): 43-68.

Examines Mathilda in the context of Shelley's other writings, contending that the work fascinates critics partly due to the fact that it was unpublished until recently, and partly because of its melancholy inability to assimilate the tragedy surrounding its main character.

Rank, Otto. The Incest Theme in Literature and Legend: Fundamentals of a Psychology of Literary Creation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992, 619 p.

Acknowledged as a seminal work of psychoanalytical literary criticism; traces the history and development of psychological theories and their significance in literature and legend.

Richardson, Alan. “The Dangers of Sympathy: Sibling Incest in English Romantic Poetry.” In Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 25, No. 4 (Autumn 1985): 737-54.

Traces incest as a Romantic theme in the work of various authors, including Wordsworth, Shelley, and Southey.

Waters, Catherine. “Ambiguous Intimacy: Brother and Sister Relationships in Dombey and Son.” In The Dickensian 84, No. 414 (Spring 1988): 8-26.

Examines the three brother-sister relationships depicted in Dombey and Son, noting that sisters were significant figures in both Dickens' life and fiction.

Welch, Dennis M. “Coleridge's Christabel: A/version of a Family Romance.” In Women's Studies 21, No. 2 (1992): 163-84.

Examines Christabel as an incest romance where maternal absence plays a central role.