Psychoanalytical Criticism

Elizabeth D. Harvey

in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227365
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Psychoanalytical Criticism

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This article focuses on psychoanalysis and Spenserian thought. It considers the link between Renaissance literature and psychoanalytic theory. It identifies the affinities between Spenser's poem and Lacanian thought. It argues that given Spenser's complex, perhaps even fraught, relationship to his powerful virgin queen and given the natural kinship between body criticism and psychoanalysis, it is not surprising that gender studies should offer a supportive theoretical framework for psychoanalytic approaches.

Keywords: psychoanalysis; Renaissance literature; psychoanalytic theory; poems; Jacques Lacan

Article.  8262 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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