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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On Susan Sontag's Take On Husbands In Modern Literature

In her classic book, Against Interpretation (1969), Susan Sontag writes: "Notoriously, women tolerate qualities in a lover--moodiness, selfishness, unreliability, brutality--they would never countenance in a husband, in return for excitement, and infusion of intense feeling...Perversity is the muse of modern literature. Today the house of fiction is full of mad lovers, gleeful rapists, castrated sons--but very few husbands." I don't know about modern literature, but Sontag's observation clearly applies to the world of pulp fiction where if a husband is involved, he is either the murderer or the victim.

Thornton P. Knowles 

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