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Toward the Private Self: Desire, Masculinity, and Middle English Romance

in The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226569550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226569598 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226569598.003.0005
Toward the Private Self: Desire, Masculinity, and Middle English Romance

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This chapter analyzes the issues of desire and the private self in relation to masculinity in medieval England. It reviews a variety of late medieval romances to sketch out a generalized template for masculine subjectivity, and the findings reveal that many romances dramatize the struggle of a central male character to establish himself in a masculine social identity. The chapter also explores how the romances dramatize the psychic conflicts inherent in a masculine gender identity.

Keywords: masculinity; desire; private self; medieval England; masculine subjectivity; medieval romances; social identity; gender identity

Chapter.  23321 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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