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Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature by Lesel Dawson

By Lesel Dawson

In early glossy scientific texts, extreme unfulfilled erotic hope is held to be a true and virulent disorder: it truly is labeled as a species of depression, with actual etiologies and treatments. Lesel Dawson analyzes literary representations of lovesickness with regards to clinical principles approximately wish and wider questions about gender and identification, exploring the several ways in which wish is thought to take root within the physique, how gender roles are encoded and contested in
courtship, and the psychic pains and pleasures of annoyed ardour. She explores the connection among women's lovesickness and different girl maladies (such as hysteria and greensickness), and asks even if girls can be afflicted by highbrow varieties of depression as a rule regarded as solely male.
Finally, she examines the ways that Neoplatonism deals another building of affection to that present in traditional philosophy and considers how anxieties bearing on love's skill to emasculate the male lover emerge in some way in treatments for lovesickness.

With connection with the works of Shakespeare, Beaumont and Fletcher, Middleton, Ford, and Davenant, Lovesickness and Gender in Early smooth English Literature investigates how early sleek representations of lovesickness reveal modern cultural buildings of affection, revealing the relation of sexuality to spirituality and the production and shattering of the impassioned topic. It bargains a massive contribution to the historical past of romantic love and may be of curiosity to scholars and
scholars of literature, gender, and clinical history.

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