Posted by Hil on November 02, 1997 at 23:42:03:
In response to Nicely Put, written by Karen R on November 01, 1997 at 17:16:02
] ] So the question rises: Are we all too post-Freudian to able to accept the idea that no matter what the relationship was, it had no bearing on Christabel's work (Blanche was not Christabel's muse although Christabel seemed to be Blanche's) or how she chose to act in this most unequal relationship.
I quite agree that Byatt wants it to be a mystery, like so much else. And I am quite happy to accept that we will never know for sure. It shouldn't stop us debating opinions though! However, I can't accept that our experiences don't influence our thoughts and ideas, and our expressions of those in poetry or whatever. Christabel's experiences with Blanche, whatever they were, would impinge on her world view in some way, and significant or not, would help to make up the outlook of the woman who wrote Christabel's poetry.
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