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McLaughlin, Becky Renee

Hysteria, Perversion, and Paranoia in “The Canterbury Tales”

“Wild” Analysis and the Symptomatic Storyteller

Series:Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

MEDIEVAL INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS (MIP)

    86,95 € / $99.99 / £79.00*

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    Publication Date:
    2020
    Copyright year:
    2020
    To be published:
    April 2020
    ISBN
    978-1-5015-1410-4
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

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    Beginning with the spectacle of hysteria, moving through the perversions of fetishism, masochism, and sadism, and ending with paranoia and psychosis, this book explores the ways that conflicts with the Oedipal law erupt on the body and in language in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, for Chaucer’s tales are rife with issues of mastery and control that emerge as conflicts not only between authority and experience but also between power and knowledge, word and flesh, rule books and reason, man and woman, same and other – conflicts that erupt in a macabre sprawl of broken bones, dismembered bodies, cut throats, and decapitations. Like the macabre sprawl of conflict in the Canterbury Tales, this book brings together a number of conflicting modes of thinking and writing through the surprising and perhaps disconcerting use of “shadow” chapters that speak to or against the four “central” chapters, creating both dialogue and interruption.

    Details

    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    Approx. vii, 279 pages
    1 Tables
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Chaucer; Canterbury Tales; Hysteria; Perversion; Paranoia; Psychosis
    Readership:
    Medievalists, scholars of English Literature, Psychology, Social Science and Culture Studies

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    Becky Renee McLaughlin, University of South Alabama, Mobile, USA.

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