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Cold and dangerous women: anger and gender in sensation fiction
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2009 (English)In: Cold matters: cultural perceptions of snow, ice and cold, Umeå: Umeå University and Royal Skyttean Society , 2009, 157-173 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Based on humoural doctrine, male anger has historically been viewed as a hot emotion associated with rationality and stability. Female anger, on the other hand, has traditionally been ascribed the opposite traits that is, coldness, emotionality and instability. Typically male anger has been defined as a temporary loss of control, whereas anger expressed by women has been perceived as lasting longer, and therefore often viewed as a matter of feminine nature. Thus, female anger has been viewed as a less refined form of anger. Sensation fiction of the 1860s suggests that the ancient view of understanding female anger as closely connected with the female nature and as a consequence more deceptive, colder and more dangerous than male anger persisted in nineteenth-century England. Victorian women, as depicted in the literature of the day, are defined as more emotional than male characters, at the same time as most forms of female emotionality are presented as a break against ideal femininity. The contradictory conception of emotionality, as outlined by ancient philosophers, continued to inform the common view of anger and gender, although the belief in humoural theory and its supposed influence on human characteristics was less pronounced.

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Umeå: Umeå University and Royal Skyttean Society , 2009. 157-173 p.
Northern studies monographs: Umeå University and the Royal Skyttean Society, ISSN 2000-0405 ; 1
Keyword [en]
Aesthetic subjects - Literature
Keyword [sv]
Estetiska ämnen - Litteraturvetenskap
Research subject
English, Specialization in Didactics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-21104Local ID: b4b96160-c30e-11de-b769-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-91-88466-70-9OAI: diva2:994149
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