Desire in the Renaissance: Psychoanalysis and Literature

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"The new historicism, which in recent years has become the predominate mode of reading the Renaissance, rarely manages to account for the 'literariness' of literary texts. I see [this book] as redressing the new historicism's sin of omission."--Giuseppe F. Mazzotta, Yale University

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Overview

"The new historicism, which in recent years has become the predominate mode of reading the Renaissance, rarely manages to account for the 'literariness' of literary texts. I see [this book] as redressing the new historicism's sin of omission."--Giuseppe F. Mazzotta, Yale University

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Times Literary Supplement - Katy Emck
Desire in the Renaissance is impressive in its range, and shows how comprehensive the use of psychoanalytic theory in literary criticism has become. At their best, the essays demonstrate the power of psychoanalysis to elucidate the convoluted workings of literary language, and argue for its peculiar compatibility with the dizzying gamesmanship of early modern texts.
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"Desire in the Renaissance is impressive in its range, and shows how comprehensive the use of psychoanalytic theory in literary criticism has become. At their best, the essays demonstrate the power of psychoanalysis to elucidate the convoluted workings of literary language, and argue for its peculiar compatibility with the dizzying gamesmanship of early modern texts."--Katy Emck, Times Literary Supplement
Times Literary Supplement
Desire in the Renaissance is impressive in its range, and shows how comprehensive the use of psychoanalytic theory in literary criticism has become. At their best, the essays demonstrate the power of psychoanalysis to elucidate the convoluted workings of literary language, and argue for its peculiar compatibility with the dizzying gamesmanship of early modern texts.
— Katy Emck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691001005
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/1994
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Worlds Within and Without 3
The Insincerity of Women 19
Mistaken Identities: Castiglio(ne)'s Practical Joke 39
The Female Masquerade: Ariosto and the Game of Desire 61
Actaeon at the Hinder Gate: The Stag Party in Spenser's Gardens of Adonis 91
Embodied Voices: Petrarch Reading (Himself Reading) Ovid 120
Through the Optic Glass: Voyeurism and Paradise Lost 146
Libidinal Economies: Machiavelli and Fortune's Rape 169
Female Friends and Fraternal Enemies in As You Like It 184
From Virgil to Tasso: The Epic Topos as an Uncanny Return 207
Writing the Specular Son: Jonson, Freud, Lacan, and the (K)not of Masculinity 233
List of Contributors 261
Index 263
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