Title: Half-man or Half-doll: George Egerton's response to Friedrich Nietzsche
Authors: D'hoker, Elke # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Series Title: Women's Writing vol:18 issue:4 pages:524-546
Abstract: This article argues that several of Egerton's short stories in Keynotes and Discords offer a sustained and intelligent response to Nietzsche's philosophy, and in particular to his take on women. While earlier critics have taken note of Egerton's three explicit references to Nietzsche as well as of her general affinity with his philosophy, the precise extent of her engagement with Nietzsche's thought has not yet been investigated. Through a close reading of Egerton's short stories, in particular "The Regeneration of Two", the article aims to show that while Egerton took over some aspects of Nietzsche's critique, she also sought to defend women and, most importantly, tried to construct an alternative feminine ideal which owed a lot to Nietzsche's Ubermensch. Interestingly, Nietzsche's influence is not just evident in the general characteristics of Egerton's feminine ideal - self-reliance, independence, strength, a closeness to body and nature - but also in the tensions that haunt this ideal: the tension between masculine and feminine characteristics as well as the tension between individualism and love or between independence and motherhood.
ISSN: 0969-9082
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Text and Interpretation, Leuven (-)
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