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The Rhetoric of Sexuality and the Literature of the French Renaissance : Cambridge History of the British Empire - Lawrence D. Kritzman

The Rhetoric of Sexuality and the Literature of the French Renaissance

Cambridge History of the British Empire

Hardcover Published: 26th April 1991
ISBN: 9780521356244
Number Of Pages: 278

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This book examines the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and the literature of the French Renaissance by exploring the issues of gender, the body, and repression in many of the key literary texts of the period, including Sceve, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Ronsard, and Montaigne. By means of detailed readings of individual texts, Lawrence Kritzman examines how sexuality functions as a rhetorical trope through which desire is represented. Professor Kritzman's study concentrates on three major objectives: the issues of gender identity and sexual difference in French Renaissance texts; the question of how the body is represented in the blasons, love poetry and prose of the period; and the way in which figural language depicts the libidinal, political and social tensions at work in texts. It is the first wide-ranging theoretical study to provide reading models to investigate the taboo subject of sexuality underlying literary production in the French Renaissance.

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"Kritzman's writing blends psychoanalytical models of our time with the rhetoric of the Renaissance...the study affords rich speculation on the affinities of eros and literary creation." Journal of the History of Sexuality "...an original, erudite, but scandalous vision of European Culture...gives new depth to the transatlantic debate on the interpretation of culture." Julia Kristeva "Hermeneutic rigor, admirably tempered by sensitive readings." Michael Riffaterre "...full of exciting insights and sustained cogent arguments that will force scholars to rethink old assumptions about France's greatest writers of the Renaissance." Patrick Henry, Philosophy and Literature "...the value of Kritzman's book lies in the dialogue it will generate as well as in the intrinsic merit of the essays themselves..." Alice Berry, Renaissance Quarterly

IntroductionlPart I
Pernette du Guillet and a voice of one+s own
Rabelais and the representation of male subjectivity: the Rondibilis episode as case study
Verba erotica: Marguerite de Navarre and the rhetoric of silence
Pedagogical graffiti and the rhetoric of conceit
Montaigne+s family romancelPart II
Architecture of the Utopian body: the blasons of Marot and Ronsard
Fictions of the body and the gender of the text in Ronsard+s 1552 Amours
The text as body
My body, my text: Montaigne and the rhetoric of self-portraiturelPart III
Maurice ScFve: the rhetoric of dream and the language of love
Sexuality and the political unconscious in Rabelais+ Quatre Livre: three case studies
Pro-logos: excess and the golden mean
Rabelais+ comedy of cruelty: the chicanous episode
Rabelais in Papimania: power and the rule of law
Bibliography of works cited*@
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ISBN: 9780521356244
ISBN-10: 0521356245
Series: Cambridge History of the British Empire
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 26th April 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5

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