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Is “Maurice” a hopelessly flawed text, or a thoughtful adaptation of the novel form to the subject matter and a strong intervention in debates of the time?

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  1. Introduction.
  2. Forster's self proclaimed significance of the novel as a symbol of the future.
  3. The depiction of a homosexual future as a return from an idealistic past.
  4. The problem of literary history in Forster's aspects of the novel.
  5. Maurice's subversion of the traditional sequence.
  6. The pre-existing societal models of family and its dictates for Maurice.
  7. Maurice and Scudder's meeting in London.
  8. Conclusion.

E.M Forster dedicated his novel ?Maurice? to a ?happier year?, affirming his intention of the novel's purpose as an insight into the future evolution of sexual desire and relationships, leading some to attach significance to the text as a protagonist of controversial debate of the time . Forster delayed publication of Maurice for 57 years waiting for a time where wider concepts of desire could be explored without recrimination . Indeed, it has been argued that the novel was self-prophetic in predicting experiences Forster had not had himself, who later described his own sex life within the framework that Maurice had provided. Forster's autobiographical parallels with Maurice has fuelled debate as to whether the novel was significant as ?a strong intervention in debates of the time? or alternatively a ?hopelessly flawed? text.

[...] This is further evidenced when Clive and Maurice have long day in the light and in the wind?[79] and they break school rules and are describe as being ?beyond humanity, and death, had it come, would only have continued their pursuit of a retreating horizon[80].? This statement is central to Maurice's development in the novel and the reference to death highlights the tension between the ?boy's certainty of going on and the narrator's refusal to believe that time works that way[81]?. [...]


[...] Narrative Inversion: The textual construction of homosexuality in E.M Forster's Novels. Styles 26 310-26. Matz (2001) op.cit. Nelson Scott (1992) op.cit. Matz (2001) op.cit. Sigmund Freud. Fetishism: On Sexuality: Three Essays on the theory of Sexuality and other works. Pp345-357. Ibid. Matz (2001) op.cit. Nelson Scott op.cit. New York Harcourt Brace and World 1927. Ibid at 42. Robert Martin, op cit. Lanser, Susan, op.cit. (1927) op.cit. Ibid. Ibid. John Fletcher, op.cit. (1927) op cit. at page 49. Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. [...]


[...] However the difficulty with this perspective is that it intrinsically leans towards a flawed narrative within the novel format and if ?Maurice aims at such a temporal dispersal, can it express its aim in plot, which by definition orders events in much the way identity orders It is argued that contemporary portrayals of temporality centre on ?moments, map mystical states of being, and seek to simulate duration or the anachrony of true tale-telling; they try to reveal time's perceived disorder?, which opens up a flourishing narrative. [...]

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