Title

'His Eyes Commanded Me to Come to Him': Desire and Mesmerism in Rhoda Broughton's 'The Man with the Nose'

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2020

ISBN

9783030385279

Abstract

This chapter examines Rhoda Broughton’s short story ‘The Man with the Nose’ (1872) from Twilight Stories (1879), focusing on representations of anxiety surrounding female sexuality. Published during the Victorian period, when female sexual desire was rarely given voice in realist fiction, Broughton’s stories reveal both desire and fear surrounding women’s sexuality. This chapter argues that both the genre of speculative fiction and the story’s concentration on mesmerism opened up the space for Broughton to explore female desire years before New Women writers’ frank portrayals during the fin de siècle.

Publication Title

British Women's Writing from Bronte to Bloomsbury, Volume 2: 1860s and 1870s

DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-38528-6

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