Sexualized Landscape

She takes place in a peripheral zone charged with sexual energy, suffused with a danger, mystery, and allure that Holly and company are “excited” but also a little “ashamed” to penetrate (64). ¬†This is the famous woman-map from Haggard’s earlier novel, King Solomon’s Mines (1885).¬† Flip it around in your mind and notice where the mines are located.




About Nathan Hensley

Nathan K. Hensley is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University; he works on nineteenth-century British literature, critical theory, and the novel.
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1 Response to Sexualized Landscape

  1. Tim Moraghan says:

    To that point, I counted at least two instances where the verb “ejaculate” was used instead of some other synonym for “utter” in the section:

    “Another minute, and with a sort of howl to Allah from the Arab, a pious ejaculation from myself, and something that was not pious from Job, we were in them. (58)

    “‘Oh, Lord! sir, here’s a rum go,’ ejaculated Job; and just at that moment a disturbance ensued, and Mahomed came tumbling between us, followed by a shadowy form with an uplifted spear.” (74)

    Also of note is again the notion of penetration conveyed by the phrase “we were in them” in the first passage and the phallic imagery of the spear in the second.

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