Venomous Woman: Fear of the Female in Literature

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Notes

PREFACE: SECRET WEAPON
1.
The Sixteen Satires, trans. Peter Green ( New York: Penguin, 1967) 6: 151.
2.
( New York: Bantam, 1961). All references to primary sources will appear in parentheses in the text.
3.
Peter R. Gwilt and John R. Gwilt, "The Use of Poison in Detective Fiction," Clues 1 ( 1980): 9.
4.
As quoted in Miriam Hirsch, Women and Violence ( New York: Van Nostrand and Reinhold, 1981) 142.
5.
The Criminality of Women ( Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1950) 11, as quoted in Hirsch142; also cf. Ann Jones, Women Who Kill ( New York: Holt, 1980) 7.
6.
xv-xvi.
7.
Hirsch152.
8.
( Bonn: Bouvier Verlag Herbert Grundmann, 1977) 7.
9.
In The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway ( New York: Modern Library, 1938) 102-36.
10.
8.
11.
A. T. Hatto, introduction, Tristan, by Gottfried von Strassburg, trans. A. T. Hatto ( Thirteenth century; New York: Penguin, 1960) 7.
12.
According to M. M. McCrea in "Sex and Suicide," Psychology Today ( July 1984): 12, guns are catching up as women become more comfortable with "male" behavior.

1. INTRODUCTION: ARCHETYPES AND STEREOTYPES
1.
In Defense of Women ( New York: Knopf, 1922) 176.
2.
( New York: Random House, 1941).
3.
Quoted in Fredson Bowers, "The Audience and the Poisoners of Elizabethan Tragedy," JEGP 36 ( 1937): note 497.
4.
Elisabeth G. Gitter, "The Power of Women's Hair in the Victorian Imagination," PMLA 99. 5 ( 1984): 936-54.
5.
In The Portable Faulkner, ed. Malcolm Cowley ( New York: Viking, 1967).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface: Secret Weapon xi
  • 1 - Introduction: Archetypes and Stereotypes 1
  • 2 - Mother Eve and Other Death-Dealers 15
  • 3 - Venefica: Healer and Witch 59
  • 4 - Woman and the Serpent 89
  • 5 - Conclusion: Beatrice Rappaccini 133
  • Notes 143
  • Selected Bibliography 157
  • Index 161
  • About the Author 169
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