The dismemberment of will: early modern fear of castration

Sellberg, Karin and Wånggren, Lena (2013). The dismemberment of will: early modern fear of castration. In Larissa Tracy (Ed.), Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages (pp. 295-313) Cambridge, UK: D. S. Brewer.

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Author Sellberg, Karin
Wånggren, Lena
Title of chapter The dismemberment of will: early modern fear of castration
Title of book Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK
Publisher D. S. Brewer
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781843843511
Editor Larissa Tracy
Chapter number 14
Start page 295
End page 313
Total pages 19
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The volume concludes with a synopsis of early modern castration motifs – literary, theatrical, and medical; how they have been read in theoretical terms and what they actually meant to Renaissance audiences. Fears of castration and gender ambiguity are major tenets of the early modern stage. Karin Sellberg and Lena Wånggren contextualize the fears of actual castration in William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and Antony and Cleopatra against fears of virtual effeminacy and the tangible threat castration posed in early modern society... [they] take on the Freudian critics and analyze the effect of reading medieval and early modern castration narratives through a psychoanalytical framework in their conclusion to this volume.
Keyword Castration
William Shakespeare
History of medicine
Sigmund Freud
Helkiah Crooke
Early Modern period
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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