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The Deceived Husband : A Kleinian Approach to the Literature of Infidelity - Alison Sinclair

The Deceived Husband

A Kleinian Approach to the Literature of Infidelity

Paperback Published: 25th November 1993
ISBN: 9780198151906
Number Of Pages: 318

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The Deceived Husband is an ambitious and original a study of the representation in European literature of adultery, focusing in particular on the figure of the husband.
Drawing on psychoanalysis, and primarily the work of Melanie Klein, Dr Sinclair argues that the differing representations of the deceived husband evidence anxieties within patriarchal society about gender and power, about emotional experience, and our ultimate fate of death. Detailed discussions of a wide range of texts including The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, Othello, Madame Bovary, Effi Briest, Anna Karenina, La Regenta, and Flaubert's Parrot reveal that fundamental anxieties about masculinity are repeatedly articulated in two main characterizations of the deceived husband: the cuckold and the man of honour. These are representations which can usefully be understood, the book shows, with reference to the two early developmental positions forwarded by Klein: the paranoid-schizoid and the depressive positions.
Innovative and challenging, The Deceived Husband makes an important contribution to the understanding of a previously neglected aspect of European literature and to psychoanalytic literary criticism in general.

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What may not exactly be unheard-of but is unusual and original in Alison Sinclair's study is her postfeminist focus on fictional portrayals of men who have been betrayed and humiliated. * Journal of Hispanic Research 3 (1194-95) *

The Deceived Husband: A Theoretical Introductionp. 1
Cuckoldry, Honour, and Adultery: The Language of Infidelityp. 30
The Cuckoldp. 50
The Cuckold and His Readerp. 50
The Canterbury Talesp. 65
The Decameronp. 80
Men of Honourp. 97
The Contextp. 97
Wife-Murder Drama in Spainp. 120
Othello: The Obverse of Honourp. 161
The Adulteress's Husbandp. 173
Models of Deception: Charles Bovary, Trevelyan, Instettenp. 175
Triangles of Transition: La Regentap. 199
Denial and Splitting: Dombey and Son and The Kreutzer Sonatap. 217
Family Containment in Anna Kareninp. 234
Men of Distinctionp. 253
Conclusion: Love and Deathp. 277
Bibliographyp. 282
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780198151906
ISBN-10: 019815190X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 25th November 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.52