Sisters in Literature

Female Sexuality in Antigone, Middlemarch, Howards End and Women in Love

  • Masako¬†Hirai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Masako Hirai
    Pages 1-7
  3. Masako Hirai
    Pages 8-24
  4. Masako Hirai
    Pages 25-40
  5. Masako Hirai
    Pages 169-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-221

About this book


A unique study of how novels by Lawrence, Forster and George Eliot can be read as rewritings of Sophocles's Antigone : each is presented as a socially and sexually involving argument between two sisters. The author provides an interconnected case-study where each text works on the hidden meanings of the other. Female sexuality, expressed through the language of duality (vulnerability, frustration, submission and destructivity, consummation and rebirth), becomes an ideal vehicle for crossing the barriers between sexes and between societies, as between the texts themselves.


bibliography English literature female sex George Eliot history history of literature knowledge language literature love novel Ovid Sophocles style women

Authors and affiliations

  • Masako¬†Hirai
    • 1
  1. 1.English DepartmentKobe CollegeNishinomiyaJapan

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