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Heroic Sisterhood in "Goblin Market"

Dorothy Mermin
Victorian Poetry
Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer, 1983), pp. 107-118
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Heroic Sisterhood in "Goblin Market"
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Abstract

"Goblin Market" is not an unconscious sexual fantasy or an allegory of sexual repression and the divided self. It is a dream or vision of the Pre-Raphaelite world in which women discover that they can be heroic and self-sufficient and men are necessary only for procreation: after going once to the erotic and imaginative world of the goblin men, the sisters live happily with their girl children. Rossetti's life and her other works show that she was strongly attracted by the idea of a world of women and children, without men.

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