Anxious Masculinity in Early Modern England

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Cambridge University Press, 1996年3月14日 - 225页
To recent studies of Renaissance subjectivity, Anxious Masculinity in Early Modern England contributes the argument that masculinity is unavoidably anxious and volatile in cultures that distribute power and authority according to patriarchal prerogatives. Drawing from current arguments in feminism, cultural studies, historicism, psychoanalysis and gay studies, Mark Breitenberg explores the dialectic of desire and anxiety in masculine subjectivity in the work of a wide range of writers, including Shakespeare, Bacon, Burton, and the women writers of the "querelles des femmes" debate, especially Jane Anger. Breitenberg discusses jealousy and cuckoldry anxiety, hetero and homoerotic desire, humoural psychology, anatomical difference, cross-dressing and the idea of honor and reputation. He traces masculine anxiety both as a sign of ideological contradiction and, paradoxically, as a productive force in the perpetuation of Western patriarchal systems.

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Introduction
1
Fearful fluidity Burtons Anatomy of Melancholy
35
Purity and the dissemination of knowledge in Bacons new science
69
Publishing chastity Shakespeares The Rape of Lucrece
97
The anatomy of masculine desire in Loves Labors Lost
128
Inscriptions of difference crossdressing androgyny and the anatomical imperative
150
Ocular proof sexual jealousy and the anxiety of interpretation
175
Notes
202
Index
222
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