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Desire in the Renaissance : Psychoanalysis and Literature - Valeria Finucci

Desire in the Renaissance

Psychoanalysis and Literature

By: Valeria Finucci (Editor), Regina M. Schwartz (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th November 1994
ISBN: 9780691001005
Number Of Pages: 272

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Drawing on a variety of psychoanalytic approaches, ten critics engage in exciting discussions of the ways the "inner life" is depicted in the Renaissance and the ways it is shown to interact with the "external" social and economic spheres. Spurred by the rise of capitalism and the nuclear family, Renaissance anxieties over changes in identity emerged in the period's unconscious--or, as Freud would have it, in its literature. Hence, much of Renaissance literature represents themes that have been prominent in the discourse of psychoanalysis: mistaken identity, incest, voyeurism, mourning, and the uncanny. The essays in this volume range from Spenser and Milton to Machiavelli and Ariosto, and focus on the fluidity of gender, the economics of sexual and sibling rivalry, the power of the visual, and the cultural echoes of the uncanny. The discussion of each topic highlights language as the medium of desire, transgression, or oppression.

The section "Faking It: Sex, Class, and Gender Mobility" contains essays by Marjorie Garber (Middleton), Natasha Korda (Castiglione), and Valeria Finucci (Ariosto). The contributors to "Ogling: The Circulation of Power" include Harry Berger (Spenser), Lynn Enterline (Petrarch), and Regina Schwartz (Milton). "Loving and Loathing: The Economics of Subjection" includes Juliana Schiesari (Machia-velli) and William Kerrigan (Shakespeare). "Dreaming On: Uncanny Encounters" contains essays by Elizabeth J. Bellamy (Tasso) and David Lee Miller (Jonson).

Industry Reviews

"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

Introduction: Worlds Within and Withoutp. 3
Faking it: Sex, Class, and Gender Mobility
The Insincerity of Womenp. 19
Mistaken Identities: Castiglio(ne)'s Practical Jokep. 39
The Female Masquerade: Ariosto and the Game of Desirep. 61
Ogling: The Circulation of Power
Actaeon at the Hinder Gate: The Stag Party in Spenser's Gardens of Adonisp. 91
Embodied Voices: Petrarch Reading (Himself Reading) Ovidp. 120
Through the Optic Glass: Voyeurism and Paradise Lostp. 146
Loving and Loathing: The Economics of Subjection
Libidinal Economies: Machiavell and Fortune's Rapep. 169
Female Friends and Fraternal Enemies in As You Like Itp. 184
Dreaming on: Uncanny Encounters
From Virgil to Tasso: The Epic Topos as an Uncanny Returnp. 207
Writing the Specular Son: Jonson, Freud, Lacan, and the (K)not of Masculinityp. 233
List of Contributorsp. 261
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780691001005
ISBN-10: 0691001006
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 6th November 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41