Reinforcing the Continuum: Homoerotic Desire in Charles Dickens' "Bleak House"

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Daniel B. Davis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Melissa Schaub

Abstract: This paper examines the homoerotic relationship shared between the primary heroines-Esther Summerson and Ada Clare-of Charles Dickens' novel "Bleak House". Their friendship, though seemingly platonic, is definitely suggestive of something deeper. While this relationship cannot be definitively defined as lesbian, this paper will argue that their friendship is sexually suggestive. In order to accurately define the relationship shared between Esther and Ada, this paper will borrow from a number of literary theorists-namely Eve Sedgwick and Sharon Marcus.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2012
Homoerotic Relationships, Bleak House, Heroines, Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, Charles Dickens, Friendship, Sexually Suggestive, Eve Sedgwick, Sharon Marcus,

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